Mayer a Leader in Every Way – Right?
Is Marissa Mayer ( FYI – pronounced Meyer like the Hot Dog not like the singer John) making all the right moves? Her thinking is to change the perception of female techies – Starting from the way they dress moving away from sweatshirt hoodies, flip flops and thick glasses to high end fashion – ummm isn’t that thinking alone some sort of whackadoodle sexism – who knows who really cares?
Now that we have that out of the way – let’s get to some of the other line items; she does want to build a team at Yahoo – make it fun to work at again – a return to the energy it had in its heyday – Cheers to that thinking! Right?
Sorry local Yahoo workers but – Go to the office! Be a part of team Yahoo – Get to know each other – come out of the telecommuting caves ladies and gentleman ( this was for men as well not just targeting females) – come on we all know that your heading to Yoga class and throwing a load of laundry in here and there, hmm perhaps some Words with Friends – but damn it you are getting your work done!
I’m so confused about why this is such a big deal – is it because it appears she is being unfair and targeting her own sex or is there some bitterness about the nursery she has next to her office? Shes the CEO of Yahoo – she should have a nursery if she wants one – Ladies if you want your own nursery work hard, get some high fashion clothing on your back and go be a CEO just like Marissa!
Be your own Marissa! Go do it – NOW!
Or fix yourself to be sent to the Arena!
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Marissa Mayer is insulting our intelligence
LET’S SET aside last week’s fury over telecommuting. Telecommuting is fine. It is widely accepted and often useful and in no danger of disappearing from the corporate landscape, regardless of what anyone working at Yahoo has to do.
The real problem with the tech giant’s human-resources bombshell last week — the pronouncement that employees will no longer be allowed to work from home, except when they briefly need to wait for the cable guy — is that it insults so many people’s intelligence.
Insult one: Assuming that a major personnel decision, in a major US company, won’t get attention (or not caring if it does).
Insult two: Thinking no one will smell hypocrisy from a new-mom CEO who built a nursery next to her office.
Insult three: Hewing to an all-or-nothing paradigm that hasn’t been relevant for years.
It’s not that Yahoo’s new policy is completely wrong. Human contact can be good for the company and the psyche. And it’s quite likely that some workers were abusing their work-from-home privileges. Respecting people’s intelligence cuts both ways.
But does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer — who took her post last summer while pregnant and bloated with symbolism — really believe that no one can ever work from home, or be trusted with a flexible schedule? Does she really see herself as the only model of success?
The new policy does seem modeled, in part, on Mayer’s own work-life experience. “For me, work is fun, and fun is work,” she said in an interview for the PBS documentary “Makers: The Women Who Make America,” and to some degree, that’s the ideal. As Betty Friedan wrote in “The Feminine Mystique” — the book that turned 50 last month — meaningful work can be its own reward, though the paycheck is useful, too.
But Friedan was writing at a time when women were expected to get 100 percent of their fulfillment from vacuuming and making sure their husbands felt relaxed when they got home from the office. A half-century later, Mayer hews to the opposite extreme. In a number of interviews, she’s outlined her theories of work-life balance, which have to do with embedding yourself in work, then choosing one thing that helps you recharge: A night off every week to have dinner with friends, or a chance to travel every few months.
If that works for Mayer, good for her. It might fit in with the ethos of Silicon Valley, or the ethos of the hungry career climber. (I remember the one-upsmanship between friends when we were just out of college. “I worked 80 hours last week.” “Oh, really? I worked 95, and then I dog-sat for my boss.”) Immersion can move you up the ladder, or earn you the right to ask for flexibility in the future.
But immersion is hardly the only recipe for productivity. And an immersive job like Mayer’s, with its the obvious perks, isn’t the only definition of fulfillment — despite what we’re currently hearing from the self-appointed gurus of female career advancement. Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook wants women to “lean in.” Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton laments that she couldn’t have a demanding government job with teenagers in another state.
To the extent that these women want to be mentors, great. But the truth is that most women — and men — are quite willing to accept tradeoffs. Ramping down from the fast-track to take care of kids or engage in some other pursuit might mean you don’t become the CEO, at least not yet. Being the CEO means you miss out on seeing your family sometimes. Someday, even Mayer’s kid will no longer be contained in a room next to her office.
Mayer may be fine with that. (Or, she may figure she’ll be long gone from Yahoo by then.) But her recipe can’t possibly work for everyone. What women need is the tools, and respect, to make career choices for themselves. That’s hardly a secret. So why is it that the corporate top-achievers — so accomplished, so intelligent — seem to be the last to know?
Joanna Weiss | Boston Globe
Yahoo’s broken glass ceiling
FIRST, SHE took a two-week, mini-maternity leave. Then, she ordered all employees to report to the office every day.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new, 37-year-old CEO, is a new mother who isn’t sending family-friendly workplace messages. Instead, it looks like she’s trying to out-macho the men who run most of America’s boardrooms.
But as Mayer reinstates a business strategy that measures office facetime and cars in the parking lot, she has a nursery next to her office. It makes the work/family balance easier for Mayer, at the same time her latest decree makes it tougher for everyone else.
The rationale behind Yahoo’s no-telecommuting policy is supposedly connected to the need to reenergize the workforce. Plus, some Yahoo employees were reportedly taking advantage of company flex time. Both are reasonable concerns for a CEO charged with turning around a lagging enterprise in a highly competitive field. Like all CEOs, Mayer has a tough job that requires some unpopular decisions. But in 2013, it seems strange to take such an extreme, either-or approach to addressing legitimate workplace issues.
Togetherness does generate ideas and camaraderie — even lowly newsrooms are a tribute to that theory. An even playing field is important for morale. Granting some favored employees more flexible work hours breeds unhappiness in colleagues who are held to old-fashioned, desk time requirements.
Marissa Mayer looks like she’s trying to out-macho the men who run most of America’s boardrooms.
But there’s a middle ground. Workplace productivity and satisfaction can be achieved by striking a balance between showing up at the office for creative reasons and understanding when working from home makes sense for everyone.
Mayer has two degrees from Stanford and was Google’s first female engineer. At Yahoo, she has engineered what she considers work/family balance for herself. But her definition of balance could be part of the problem for other Yahoo employees.
In her first public interview after taking over as Yahoo’s CEO, Mayer said, “I think that for me, it’s God, family, and Yahoo — in that order.” If she believes a two-week maternity satisfies that priority list, soon-to-be mothers who work at Yahoo should definitely consider alternative work environments.
Mayer is interested in breaking some stereotypes associated with female techies. It’s about how they dress, not how they work. According to a New York Times piece published last August, she’s part of a movement to change the techie image from “hoodie sweatshirts, flip-flops and thick glasses” to high-end fashion. To celebrate this new market, Chanel’s president sat at a table with Mayer and other Silicon Valley tech executives at a Las Vegas event last winter. “Designing software and products isn’t all that different from the design of clothes,” Mayer told the Times.
But breaking stereotypes by championing policies that move a company forward, but are still family-friendly? That’s not a priority for a CEO who is one of the most powerful women in corporate America.
Mayer said she wants Yahoo to return to being a fun place to work. To that end, she handed out free food and smartphones. That may charm a certain constituency. But give me a boss, male or female, who hands out compliments when deserved instead of snacks and understands that face-to-face communication — not trinkets — builds a team.
Personal interaction is what Mayer said she’s after and that’s a worthy goal. It’s too bad she established the terms of it so rigidly. The memo to Yahoo employees said telecommuters must be back to their desks by June 1, or leave the company.
For decades, the goal of breaking the glass ceiling was tied to the belief that women who did it would manage differently and still build successful companies. If young women like Mayer are back to work before baby’s first month check-up how does that challenge the old boy network and its thinking? If women CEOs insist the work family is more important than the one at home, it validates every male boss who made the same demand.
It makes it harder to root for women like Mayer to succeed. If women are going to run a company just like men used to, what’s the point? If female bosses don’t change the corporate culture — or if they end up making it even tougher for working mothers and fathers — why clamor for diversity at the top?
Joan Vennochi | Boston Globe
Yahoo Responds to Controversy Over Work-at-Home Ban
Yahoo spokesperson Lauren Armstrong also issued the same statement to Mashable on Wednesday, when asked about the company’s new policy: “We don’t discuss internal matters. This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home — this is about what is right for Yahoo!, right now.”
After widespread criticism of Yahoo‘s decision to ban employees from working at home, the company has addressed the controversy in a vague statement.
“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home,” it said. “This is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”
A spokesperson for Yahoo declined to elaborate on the matter, telling the New York Times, “We don’t discuss internal matters.”
But several anonymous employees said Yahoo’s move to abolish telecommuting indicates that Marissa Mayer, who became company CEO last July, is “in crisis mode.” They told the Times that Mayer believes the policy is necessary to rejuvenate Yahoo, which has seen a years-long decline.
An internal company-wide memo from Jackie Reses, Yahoo’s head of human resources, said:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.
Work ethic at Yahoo has deteriorated over time, and the new policy allows management to better monitor and inspire people at the office, the employees revealed. What’s more, it’s seen as beneficial if less productive staff chose to leave because of the policy, they added. Indeed, some workers have abused the work-at-home option to the point that they’ve founded startups while being on Yahoo’s payroll, the employees said.
All those currently working from home will be required to work at Yahoo’s offices starting this June.
Anita Li | Mashable
Yahoo Responds To Work-From-Home Outcry: ‘This Isn’t A Broad Industry View’
After several days of controversy, Yahoo has finally responded to the dustup over itsdecision to ban employees from working remotely. Its stance, in essence: Don’t project your office culture issues on our company.
“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home — this is about what is right for Yahoo!, right now,” said a Yahoo spokesperson in an emailed statement to HuffPost.
The statement comes roughly four days after an internal memo explaining the policy change was leaked to the press on Friday. “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings,” the memo to employees read.
The memo’s author, Yahoo’s head of human resources Jackie Reses, continued: “Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices.”
The move — reportedly pushed through by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer — has set off a fiery debate among outside observers, including prominent chief executives,workplace flexibility advocates and, most recently, Yahoo employees, some of whom have expressed support for the measure, HuffPost reported Tuesday.
The latest comments from Yahoo seem to suggest that the company is trying to distance itself from the ongoing debate over the importance of employees working together in the same physical space.
The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman