- by SaneIT, Data Doctor
- 4/23/2013 7:47:43 AM
I didn't really like the decision at Yahoo to cut the work from home programs. I think that in many jobs it can be a great benefit and with the right people it doesn't change their ability to interact with other employees. I know traveling sales people who don't have an office and don't have a place that they can go sit for 8 hours to be around a bunch of other sales people. They function mostly independently but talk to the people on their team regularly to keep in the loop. I think for companies that are thinking about pulling back on the work from home culture that they really need to think about their office culture and maybe loosen some things up so that being in the office isn't punishment for those that don't need help keeping the line of communication open.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 4/22/2013 11:19:22 AM
Well, anything but those robocars we talked about not too long ago!
Oh, but did I fail to mention the robotrucks?
Then there are the robobuses and robocycles...
It will be fun.
- 4/22/2013 10:39:18 AM
The problem when dealing with most issues, we tend togravitate to the extreme sides. There are good and sound arguments on both sides of that issue and we confine ourselves to for or against working from home. There are many companies that have successfully incorporated an effective mix. Benefitting and convenient for all concerned. Like in all cases some will test the boundaries inviting strong responsive action from management.
- 4/22/2013 10:08:58 AM
Noreen, it's interesting that she came from Google because at Google they do all possible to provide amenities from free gourmet foods, dry cleaning/laundry service, massage, etc... to foster and encourage employees to spend as much time on campus (as they refer to office) much like a college culture.
- 4/22/2013 9:52:10 AM
SaneIT , being social dependant animals we do best with more interaction. When left alone for long period our mind tend to create alter realities which is not beneficial for all concerned, especially the employer. Recently yahoo announced it was eliminating the work from home culture to foster greater worker interaction and collaboration. At least that was the reason given but I tend to be in agreement.
- by SaneIT, Data Doctor
- 4/22/2013 8:43:26 AM
@rbaz, that seems like it would be especially good for solo over the road truckers. I think it would be easy for them to get into a me against the world mentality when things go wrong. Having a supportive voice from the company talking to them every now and then sounds like a good idea. Even just feeding them information in the case of things like major traffic tie ups or bad weather that they are headed into makes a lot of sense if you can do it in a proactive and supportive manner.
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