Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has dropped a bomb on the business world by rescinding permission for her employees to telecommute.
It’s more than simply ironic that this decision was made by a 30-something female who was hired to turn around the once-giant tech company. Mayer was six months’ pregnant when she started work and was widely expected to be family-friendly, instead of decidedly family-unfriendly.
If anyone could have understood the importance of juggling work and family responsibilities, it should have been she, correct?
Not so much, as it turns out.
Clearly — to Mayer, at least — face time matters. There are things one produces collaboratively at a centralized workplace that cannot be replicated by telecommuting.