YAHOO! CEO ORDERS STAFF BACK TO THE OFFICE – Marissa Mayer, soon after becoming the new CEO at Yahoo, ordered staff back to the office place and banned the ‘work-from-home’ culture previous CEO’s had initiated.
According to insiders this has caused a rift between the new CEO and its staff, who are accusing her of initiating some form of narcissistic control of how people work and work efficiently.
Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg was quick to come to her defence saying that Marissa Mayer, like many women in roles of complete power are often deemed narcissistic, a trait that is rarely given to male counterparts and that Marissa is simply doing what needs to be done in order to step up productivity and turn the ailing company around.
Some employees’ are voicing their concerns over the fact that Mayer ordered the building of a Nursery on-site in order to allow her to spend more time with her new born son, which employees’ feel that this provides her a luxury many of them do not have.
It has often been perceived that women have a far harder time rising to the top and once there are often ridiculed by their male subordinates. The debate over whether a woman can successfully run a large corporation is quite frankly draconian. I personally have never had a problem with women at the top and I often find them far more pragmatic and logical in their approach to business and there is no doubt, when you look at Marissa Mayer or the likes of Sheryl Sandberg that they are, as people, more than capable of running the show.
What guys? You don’t believe me? When you finish work this evening and go home to your girlfriend or wife, try having an argument and see who comes out on top. Case closed!
Before you judge Marissa Mayer, and this should only be on her ability run the company, which can only be determined by its successes, you need to look carefully at the CEO’s of the past, all of whom were men and all of whom have taken a once very successful corporation and systematically destroyed it, including its founder Anthony Yang who believed that Yahoo has risen to such heights that it was untouchable – maybe Yahoo now has exactly what it needs… the pragmatic and logical touch of a woman.
When you look at the ‘work-from-home’ culture that Yahoo created, mainly to reduce costs, and the decline of Yahoo’s fortunes, it is not difficult to see why Marissa Mayer wanted to get people back in the office.
If you have never worked from home then it is not easy to understand the culture, nor how it affects productivity. Working from home requires so much more will power to actually get things done; not because people are lazy but mainly due to the lack of inspirational influences around them; that being other people.
I have worked from home for over 2 years and I can honestly say that it is not something I overly enjoy – I really miss the level of human contact one gets in an office environment. Another detrimental aspect is never being able to really get away from your work. Leaving the office you get to leave the work behind; well for many of us anyway, but working from home means that work is constantly staring you in the face and the feelings guilt for not getting right too it can be depressingly immense.
While I don’t personally know Marissa Mayer I would have to say that her views on the work-culture are far more attuned to the needs of the company and bringing back people to the office where they can interact and inspire one another could be just the move Yahoo needs in order to turn its fortunes around.