|Photographed By Brigitte Lacombe |
When Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer,
announced that their employees could not continue working from home, and had to
go back to the office, most of the world was shocked.
Home working is growing,
according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 22% of men work from
home, while 24% of women worked from home. Why go against it?
It was controversial and many voices,
companies and bloggers stood up in favor or against it. But everyone had their
opinion. Why was yahoo doing this? Should they expect an uprising from
discontent workers? Is that the most important thing Marissa Mayer should be
worrying about now?
Those in favor of home offices gave their arguments:
- People save time and money if
they avoid commuting.
- Instead of commuting, staff could
spend more quality time with their families or doing what they liked.
- Going to the office doesn’t necessarily
mean you`re working.
- It’s more comfortable, working
from home means you can work in your pajamas and have the flexibility of doing
it at any time.
- With today’s technologies,
meetings, interaction with colleagues and sharing ideas or projects can be done
- If organized properly, employees
are more efficient.
Those against it also gave their arguments:
- People are less productive as
there are more distractions (phone ringing, dog barking, kids yelling, etc).
- Less interaction between
employees makes all processes take longer.
- There is less bonding among the
- People feel they are missing
- Some executives prefer to have
everyone under one roof for more control.
Who is right and who is wrong?
There is plenty of research
trying to show benefits for both opinions, a recent survey from Stanford
University revealed that employees who work from home are more productive and happier,
yet they're 50 percent less likely to get promoted compared to those who
regularly come into an office.
But the real discussion is why
Yahoo did it. The explanation is simple. Yahoo like a lot of companies, has
something called a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Remote workers can use it to
securely log into Yahoo's network and do work.
After spending months frustrated
at how empty Yahoo parking lots were, Mayer consulted Yahoo's VPN logs to see
if remote employees were checking in enough but Mayer discovered they were not.
Home working wasn’t working for Yahoo.
While the controversy continues,
we are convinced that home working can be beneficial, just as it can be risky.
It all depends on each person and on how the company handles it.
In case you’ve decided to follow
Yahoo’s steps and will not continue working from home, give us a call at (866)
354-5478 or visit us as OfficeList
and we’ll help you find the best environment
to find a shared office