Yahoo's recent announcement to end telecommuting has caused quite the stir. I recently spoke about this with Terri Griffith, professor at Santa Clara University and expert on how you make combined technology and organization decisions and then work these changes into your business.
Letting go of physical boundaries, 19th-century work practices and an expectation that change is ever complete, may propel some organizations to the front through greater innovation and overall productivity.
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Doesn't anyone get why CEO, Marissa Mayer put the kibosh on telecommuting right now at Yahoo? It wasn't discrimination folks.
A multitude of studies show that traditional bricks and mortar offices are among the very worst places to get work done.
Mayer was brought in to turn around Yahoo!'s fortunes. She was not hired to talk about the difficulties of having a young child and still working at the office. (Quick question -- do you know if Larry Page or Sergei Brin have children?)
National Telework Week came to an end on March 8 but this important conversation about workplace flexibility must continue.
As my teenage son has told me, he too is relying on telecommuting to realize his current goal in life. He gets lonely in his home office, aka his smelly sock-strewn bedroom as well.
For more than a decade now, I've struggled to define what fuels the most sustainably productive work environment. Perhaps nothing I've uncovered is as important as trust.
Then snowstorms hit the Midwest and East Coast, closing schools and businesses, and people turned to -- you guessed it -- telecommuting to stay productive and safe. When the snow melts, will the backlash against teleworking continue?
Decades of social science research provide more than sufficient practical and empirical evidence that optimizing the degree of control workers have over the conditions of their work results in measurable benefits for all organizational stakeholders: the workers themselves.
The reason, I suspect, has less to do with a particular arrangement than with the issue of trust. In return for companies treating workers like adults, employees tend to perform better as a sign of good faith.
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