The Skeptical Methodologist

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Marissa Mayer is a fool

Much ado about something has been making the rounds this week regarding Yahoo!’s new work-life policy. Their new Hail-Mary-pass CEO, Marissa Mayer, formally instituted a policy that bars remote work. This makes no sense to me – with Yahoo! suffering in such dire straits right now, it is hardly the time to be giving out perks like more time at the office horsing around with your buddies.

Sure, sure, people at the office claim they are more productive, though I’ve yet to see numbers to prove it. All the more likely, the little social butterflies just like the chit chat and slacking off around the water cooler. I’ve heard the standard argument – “If I have a problem that a simple Google search can solve, why open up a web browser on my remote laptop when I can distract a co-worker?” I agree, it is a really easy way for you to keep from getting ‘blocked’, but you just end up gumming up someone else’s work flow.

Yahoo! needs a diet, some have argued. And working from the office is just another perk to add to the overbearing costs this company is already facing. Yahoo! is not Google, it can’t afford office perks like Google can – it needs to simply be more hardnosed about things: work remotely until it’s truly in the shareholders interest that people start coming in to the office.

It is clear that… Wait a second. I’ve just been informed that the reduction in remote work was a naïve attempt to improve productivity, rather than a perk for lazy extroverts and people who can’t work without hand-holding.

I… I don’t know what to say. I suppose, when I heard that Mayer used her luck and fortune to build a nursery next to her job, she could only be thinking of extending the same perks to her employees. I guess we know where her priorities lie, and they don’t appear to be with the stakeholders at Yahoo!. I can’t say I’m surprised; Mayer has absolutely no experience as the head of a company, was bred in the culture of Google which makes bad decision after bad decision all financed by that one good decision they made early on, and has no credentials as a turnaround artist for a company whose revenues have decreased every year for the past 5 years (small blip last year was hardly a rounding error). What did people expect?


February 27, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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