Since Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer announced the end of employees being able to work from home, there has been a tremendous amount of discussion about employee productivity, innovation and work~life balance. Among my friends and colleagues, we all seem to agree that this policy change makes Yahoo appear a bit disconnected from other large corporations and trending policies.
In my experience, there are 2 main criteria for work from home situations.
1. Is this a job that can be done from home?
2. Is this an individual who can be successful in a work from home situation?
If the answer to either question is no, then working from home is probably not a good option. However, my guess is that the most common work from home situation is where employees are able to work from home part-time. And let’s be honest, with iPhones, Blackberry’s, Droids, and all of these mobile devices – most of us are working from home or otherwise in our personal time anyway.
When we talk about working from home, the discussion usually leads to a conversation about mothers and flexibility. I have never found this to be a productive use of time. There are plenty of men in the workforce who benefit from the flexibility to work from home. Just ask around…
The question is more about productivity and the quality of work. Happy employees make more productive employees, and if they don’t – then you’ve got other issues to deal with.