I guess it might work for Yahoo if it's trying to reinvent itself.
Appearing to acknowledge the uproar over its recent move to order telecommuting workers back to the office, Yahoo (YHOO) issued a brief statement Tuesday to assert that it wasn't offering a broad judgment on the practice of working from home.
"This isn't a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo right now," said the statement from a Yahoo spokesperson.
We have tried employees working from home for various reasons, but have never found them as productive as they are in the office. We found our projects got done 10%-20% quicker when done in the office than at home. Now that could be associated with management and how each position is overseen, so I won't say its the same for everyone. I have actually heard many stories where it works well. But each company is unique and have to determine for themselves. I give kudos to Yahoo for pulling the plug on something not working for them, instead of trying to "deal" with it.
Here's a short story perspective on the Yahoo! story from a journalist in The Toronto Star this morning (who I presume is a remote worker herself). I thought it was interesting that it's the featured front page article at the moment but after reading it I didn't think there was an extraordinary revelation in it.
She has a feeling that this isn't about productivity issues but rather that employees are being brought back into the fold to assess them. She speculates that it may be due to an upcoming reduction of staff. [thestar.com...]
As someone who has dealt a year or so ago with their London office staff..( who were actually in the office )..during a period of 6 months, getting them to act and sound like adults and not teenagers whose teacher has left the room would have helped..
Less professional would be hard to find..
Their Swiss office and their Irish office were extremely professional..
Their London office was just an uncoordinated shambles..they wasted my time and money with them..each of them contradicting the others..