Opposing mindsets: Which one resonates more with you?

Posted by | May 10, 2013 | Other Blog Posts | One Comment

Yahoo recently produced a big debate around working from home. It’s Chief Executive, Marissa Mayer, instructed the whole organisation as follows:

“Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.  We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Many have disagreed with this approach, most notably, Richard Branson of the Virgin Group.  In his blog, he said:

“Many employees who work from home are diligent, get their jobs done, and spend more time with their families.  They waste less time commuting and get a better work/life balance. To force everybody to work in offices is old-school thinking.”

So we have diametrically opposing views here.  My personal experience suggests the former is better for very young teams or organisations, before a trusting relationship is established.  Thereafter, the latter approach produces loyal and very hardworking staff, who never flinch at going the extra mile when its needed because of their gratitude in being trusted and being given some flexibility in their working life.  It’s never let me down in any case.

Which mantra do you subscribe to and why?

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One Comment

  • Alison Crawford says:

    As you say Sharon, there is no single answer, as it does depend on the team. However, I have only good experiences of working from home and allowing my staff to do likewise. I would restrict homeworking for any staff where I feel that performance is an issue, as staff who are struggling need the support of colleagues to raise their game.

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