Stumbled upon this article today about Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer requiring workers to come back to the office. The Slate piece fires back about the benefits and wins of working from home.
But do we know the whole story? Yahoo is on an uphill climb and it is interesting that part of Mayer’s solution is get people back “inside.”
Maybe for right now that is necessary.
Watercooler and stop and chat dialogues will likely lead to more innovation and collaboration. Hopefully this is not an all or nothing solution and that workers can still build some flexibility into their schedules. Even introverted workers tell me that they also value connection with people and it can be energy draining to ALWAYS be on their own. So let’s hope it is about balance and not be so hard on Mayer.