Earlier this year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer issued a company-wide mandate which banned work from home policies and called employees back into the office. You may recall that Blue Jeans had some fun with this and put out personal call to Marissa and offered our video conferencing service as a solution.
Since the mandate, Yahoo’s stock has soared, sure – though it’s difficult to draw direct correlation. But Mayer has said herself that the mandate was not an industry commentary, rather, she did what she felt was right for Yahoo.
More recently, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has followed suit in similar fashion, encouraging employees to work out of the office as much as possible. The memo reads, “During this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck.”
With all this buzz you can’t help but think that WFH and telecommuting are getting a bad rap. I’ll put it out there that working from home is the not the panacea to a company’s greater ailments. Yahoo has even admitted that their original WFH policy was gravely abused and was part and parcel for the dramatic WFH overhaul.
Telecommuting is merely a vehicle, a means to incentivize employees with a work-life balance option and offer some flexibility in the work environment. When you have the right collaboration tools that can also leverage the power of face time through video conferencing, then you unleash the power of a global workforce and an opportunity to increase productivity. Just check out some of our customers, like Facebook, who get more done thanks to video.
The issue is more about proper deployment and management of those tools and setting an expectation of what is an acceptable WFH policy.
What’s your take on WFH? Does your company allow or ban it?