People who work from home are unique in that they can be highly experienced and just want the flexibility to not work in a traditional office setting. The benefits from an employer’s perspective are numerous: not having to pay for fulltime work if it's not needed, being able to tap into a large network of highly experienced individuals, and not having the cost and overhead of housing employees in an office. For employees who prefer flexibility and are happier working from home, a ban on working remotely can be a deal breaker when choosing a job. The opportunity to work remotely is a win, win, all the way around. No question.
I don't think Marissa Mayer (Yahoo! CEO) researched this topic, and is not in touch with her company’s employee base. I'd presume that Yahoo! employees are those that see working remotely as a standard today, and it's a given that this approach is just smart business. If Marissa wants drones and followers, then ask them to report to an office and punch in and out. If she wants highly creative, innovative hard workers, then tap into the virtual workforce.
It is going to be interesting to see how she's going to retract from her unfounded, declarative edict. It makes me wonder about her suitability for this job, and I'm sure that Yahoo! is going to take a hit on both its stock prices and employee turnover rate as a result of this not well-thought-out declaration.
What do you think? We have based our PredictiveTalent on the effectiveness of using a workforce that works remotely and I would like your feedback. Thanks!
- Carla Bainbridge