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There has been much discussion in recent days about telework. Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer cancelled the company's work-at-home policy.
- NYT:Yahoo’s InOffice Policy Aims to Bolster Morale
- And Best Buy, which had been one of the pioneers of the ROWE program -- Results Only Work Environment -- recently pulled back from that effort. OPM also had attempted to test the ROWE concept with limited success.
- Why you don’t have flex schedules: OPM’s failed 1-year experiment | Federal Times
As we end telework week. We feature some reads on telework, which seems to be at a crossroads.
- NYT: Yahoo Orders Home Workers Back to the Office
A memo explaining the policy change, from the company’s human resources department, says face-to-face interaction among employees fosters a more collaborative culture — a hallmark of Google’s approach to its business. In trying to get back on track, Yahoo is taking on one of the country’s biggest workplace issues: whether the ability to work from home, and other flexible arrangements, leads to greater productivity or inhibits innovation and collaboration. Across the country, companies like Aetna, Booz Allen Hamilton and Zappos.com are confronting these trade-offs as they compete to attract and retain the best employees.
- The Economist: Telework: Tech lets people to work from home. Yahoo is trying to stop them
- WSJ: More Americans Working Remotely
- Yahoo! marches resolutely into the 19th century » JALA Thoughts
- Yahoo! needs to be more competitive;
- competitive organizations always have all their employees in the office every day so that they can interact with each other;
- therefore Yahoo! needs to have all of its employees in the office every day so that they can interact with each other and be more competitive!
- New Research: What Yahoo Should Know About Good Managers and Remote Workers - E. Glenn Dutcher - Harvard Business Review
- Yahoo's impending roundup of its free-range employees reflects a deep corporate ambivalence toward telework. Yes, companies like giving employees the much-appreciated right to work at home, but can a worker really contribute productively to a team while sitting on the couch in her pajamas? My own recent research shows that managers aren't wrong to worry: In an experiment, I found that mixed teams of remote and in-office workers are less productive than 100%-in-office teams.
- Mashable:How to Solve the Top Pitfalls of Working From Home
And one non-telework story, Daum: Online's 'nasty effect': A new study shows that comments can actually sway the perceptions and opinions of otherwise objective readers.
Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times on the rancor of online commenters "I've been railing about online comments for a while now," writes Meghan Daum, noting how anonymity and volume often combine and produce what she calls the "nasty effect," whereby acid comments lower the level of discourse online. Drawing upon recent research which shows that online comments affect how readers interpret the very article or post being commented on, Daum contemplates their "dramatic effect on how writers write and, perhaps more important, on how readers read — especially those who don't remember a time before electronic media."
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