From Kathleen Schmidt, a bookish broad, mother of two, reader of books, and a PR genius, on Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.
Over the last several days, there has been an internet furor over Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s edict to employees that they can no longer work remotely (read: from home, from Starbucks…). Almost all of womankind took to tweeting, blogging, and writing opinion pieces about what a horrible policy Mayer was instituting and how she was setting women back instead of being a working mother/CEO to whom we could relate. I, too, am guilty of going on the defensive about Mayer’s decision. But then I thought: If Marissa Mayer were a man, would there be the same outrage?
In a word, no.
I have mixed emotions on this issue. On the one hand, working from home has advantages that can be beneficial to a company. But so does face-to-face collaboration within a dynamic office environment.
Plenty of Yahoo!’s employees work from home, but Yahoo! hasn’t excelled at anything in years (except replacing one CEO after another) and is in need of a little rattling of the corporate culture.