Most of you know by now about the Yahoo Inc. debacle that has ended all the work-from-home arrangements. They want all employees to work inside Yahoo headquarters in an effort to strengthen relationships and communication between employees as well as to create a more cohesive company.
Like – bringing them all into the physical Yahoo offices is going to do it?! Not. I mean, it’s a nice thought but I fear that many diligent employees will be lost in this shuffle due to child care and school issues, added stress on finances for child care and possibly even transportation problems.
So why doesn’t Yahoo come a little closer to embracing the 21st Century?
“At Salesforce.com Inc., a large share of the company’s roughly 10,000 workers can sign on from home, says Monika Fahlbusch, a senior vice president.” They do it through a software program similar to Facebook. This helps coordinate projects and provides better accountability. Fahlbusch says, “It’s very obvious when someone’s not engaged. Managers can keep real-time tabs on whether staffers have updated budget reports, answered questions about a new client or whether they’ve been idle.” This type of video-conferencing can provide more accurate communications because managers and staffers are able to assess non-verbal cues as well.
On the other side of the fence sits Dan Yates, CEO of http://opower.com , a 320 person energy technology company, who says, “Having employees in the office can also lead to faster decisions and communication, because workers can more easily reach out to their colleagues.” I question the validity of this. Colleagues are often on phones, on computers or in meetings, so the wait time for face-time is probably about the same.
Why doesn’t Yahoo Inc. make use of a secure video-conferencing tool that would enable employees to have the same relationships and communication tools as they would in a face-to-face office environment? Now that would be a novel idea – instead an impending debacle.
Question: Would you rather work in-office or from home in a virtual office?