Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Going back under the thumb?


Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, takes on the telecommuting brouhaha. Over time, flexible work policies have made the option of working some or all days at home almost a right, not a privilege.

Then, this Marissa Mayer came into Yahoo and sort of decided that the company's weaknesses might be attributable to people working at home instead of in the office.

Other Bigs like B of A and Best Buys are also casting a doubtful eye on the home work option.

About 5% of all employees (rough estimate) work at least one day a week at home. One in 10 work only a home.

Younger workers accept telework as a right, the boomers love it so much they think it must be wrong.

The idea behind dragging people back to the office is that they can brainstorm, talk, spark off each other.

I do remember a lot of standing around drinking coffee when I had an office job. They even hired a woman to make the coffee--that was her entire job. Did we spark? Don't recall.

I do know working at home cuts wardrobe costs, gas, stressful commutes, interruptions, fights, you catch fewer bugs--but on the flip side, you may miss out on gossip that can affect your status and future.

As for child care, you do have some flexibility to go to the kids' plays and so on. But I had to have all-day daycare anyhow.

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