Well, yes. CEOs get to decide the conditions under which they work, and the conditions under which you work, too.
In a way, Mayer and Yahoo are incredibly lucky that people are focusing on the perceived hypocrisy of a working parent CEO. Why? Because it diverts from the real story, which is that this is a company which was so poorly managed, it was bleeding money on unproductive workers both in-house and remotely when nearly every study out there says that worker productivity improves and increases with flexible and remote work, and that worker retention rises.
Let's be serious: if significant portions of Yahoo top performers were "stay@home" coders, testers and project management telecommuters, do people really think Mayer would arbitrarily issue edicts guaranteed to alienate them? It's possible. But that would imply Mayer hasn't learned very much about her company's best people, best performers and culture since joining last July. Most successful technical leaders I know avoid getting in the way of their best people's productivity. But what do leaders do when even very good people aren't being as productive as you want or need them to be? Challenging them to be better onsite collaborators hardly seems either unfair or irrational.
I'm guessing this is a corporate culture thing. Anybody who's ever worked at a big tech company knows people who 'slip through the cracks'. You know who I'm talking about. Chronically underperforming individuals who generally could not give a fuck about their work. They do the bare minimum to get by; if you give them something hard, they fuck it up; they put no effort into upgrading their skills; they're basically just there to cash a paycheck.
I still don't get how Yahoo has remained open for the past 6 or so years. What, really, do they do? Their 'web portal' front page is outright execrable. Yahoo Answers is the blind leading the blind. The only good thing they've done is Flickr.
Perhaps that's exactly what she has, and she's doing away with telecommuting because working at home, and serving the demands of your family, is not serving Yahoo's needs.
She's not there to make employees happy. She's there to make Yahoo successful. We often confuse the two, but they are not the same, and Yahoo is failing to execute in a pretty major way. Bringing everyone back into the office, when the corporation is doing so poorly, may be exactly the correct decision.
I had more than one single mother bartender co-worker who worked until 3am while her child stayed with someone else. How do you propose we balance this for more than just those with a computer science degree?
No. She just doesn't care. And, not caring about how things are perceived out on the Internet is the very core of Yahoo's problems.
I didn't mean it that way. I mean that it typifies a sort of stodgy, pre-2000 mindset. Yahoo, after all, is a survivor of the first internet bubble, and not exactly, today's big thing. That'd be a very hard thing to take back, and I don't see anything here that makes me expect it.
I've used various task tracking apps as part of Agile. They were forced upon us by a certified Scrum Master. In that case tasks are created as part of sprint planning. Tasks were bite sized chunks of a feature, meant to take less than 8hrs each. Creating tasks and estimates were left up to the developer, they could be as granular as you wanted.
All this planning introduced its own overhead, if a sprint was 14 days, we were spending 3 planning it.
She's not a feminist; she just believes that women should have the same rights and career choices as men.
So I'm not a woman and I'm not going to deny anyone's experience if they tell me it's different than mine, but in my experience the only thing I ever saw slow women down on the career ladder was not being in the office.
Ms. Mayer says she relies on charts, graphs and quantitative analysis as a foundation for a decision, particularly when it comes to evaluating people.
Another candidate looked promising with a quarterly rating from a supervisor of 3.5, out of 4, which meant she had exceeded her manager’s expectations. Ms. Mayer is suspicious, however, because her rating hasn’t changed in several quarters.
“She is looking for a way out,” Ms. Mayer says.
New York City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is single-handedly blocking a bill that would ensure paid sick days for all workers in the city. This news item, which should be at the heart of the work-life balance conversation, has rarely been noted as we huff and puff about Sandberg’s circles and Mayer’s nursery. “While we all worry about the glass ceiling, there are millions of women standing in the basement,” British feminist Laurie Penny once wrote, “and the basement is flooding.” Have you read much about the domestic workers’ strike in California, much less participated in a Twitter debate about it? Me neither. The “mommy wars” is like a discourse borg that manages to absorb and distort all conversations about women and work.
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