Leadership Development / Personal Development / Professional Development

2 thoughts on “Work/Life balance and working from home

  1. I agree to a certain extent that working from home you miss out on the “watercooler” talk, the lunches, the corridor and the spontaneous meetings you get pulled into because you happen to be there.
    Working from home requires a lot from employees, I wrote my Master thesis on Globaly distributed collaboration and found that it is harder than just always have your phone and answer when needed. Some people are excellent at it (apache web server develpoment team, Linux development team) and some not so good (all failed off-shoring companies etc)
    I think this is mostly to get a change in the company rather than saying that telecommuting is bad.

  2. Marissa did what she had to do: make the necessary changes to save a failing company. In a typical situation, if employees do good work and the nature of their work permits telecommuting, then they should have the option to choose. I have heard some people are even more effective when working from home than they are at work. Yet many companies still have this 90’s mentality that if you are at your desk from 8 am to 5 pm, they get a warm fuzzy. That doesn’t magically make a person productive. Choosing the environment you would personally like to work in nourishes productivity. With that being said, I understand there comes a time when things are going south and you have to do something to get the company back on track (as in Yahoo’s case).

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