Yahoo! is a bit of a mess as a company. Marissa is a bit of a star as a corporate CEO. She must know something about turnaround. But... I wonder what she was thinking when she built a nursery for her baby next to her office, while cutting off any flexibility for her staff.
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.
Smart organizations are learning that they gain a great deal when they make it possible for new parents and workers with family responsibilities to slow down temporarily without being thrown from their top career track.
Marissa Mayer's not telling employees that Yahoo! wants them to give up their personal lives to long commutes and sad drip coffee makers. She's simply saying to her people that if they're all in this together, they've got to be in this together. Literally.
In order to get to that leadership table in Congress or the C suite, women cannot be marginalized, either directly by work policies that exclude their employment or by "having it all" media debates so rarified that they exclude their participation.
There is absolutely no reason that the economy should take a hit because our nation's businesses won't use the available technology and resources to make their workforces mobile and prepared. Telework is absolutely in the nation's best interest.
Instead of being critical of distributed work, embrace it. Accept that there are people connecting in creative, fun, and inexpensive ways that build quality relationships and ensure efficient communication and collaboration.
As family dynamics continue to change, many parents are discovering the win-win solution of working flexible hours. But do those types of positions exist? The short answer during National Work and Family Month is yes.
This question landed in my inbox recently: Do you have some ideas around how to train a new leader when that person works remotely? It's a great question since it's a lot easier to train a leader when you work in the same place. But it can be done in a virtual work situation.
Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.
Time will tell if we have reached that tipping point, but one thing is quite evident, there is more and more proof every day that people are not content to be stuck using 20th century approaches to address 21st century problems.