re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
I'd be a hypocrite if I even remotely sided with Mayer on this one. I've been working from home .. and the same exact "cave" .. for over a decade. Of course, who am I to judge my own productivity or ability to influence the organization. I guess we'll have to ask my bosses about that one. But I can certainly reflect on my own experiences with people that have reported into me. For example, the author of the story --- Deb Donston --- used to report to me in the early 1990s. Knowing Deb, I know that if I had a team of Debs all working from home, we'd probably get more done without sacrificing any quality. If anything, we'd get more since none of them would be spending two hours or more a day commuting. Often times, telecommuters give that recovered time back to their companies as a part of a fair exchange (I certainly do).
We have plenty of other amazingly productive and organized people that get stuff done without coming into the office and their teams are no less of the wear.
In my years of covering or being involved with startups, I've come to learn how many founders hire employees without ever having met them personally. They begin their venture as a purely virtual corporation with most of the employees being scattered all over the world.
In Mayer's defense (OK, I'll go there), it's highly dependent on the people and perhaps the size and geographic distribution of the company. If you have great people that you know you can trust, I don't think it matters (so, like with any company, it's ultimately about the team, isn't it?). It reminds me of these various software programs designed to tattle on employees...like how much time does employee X spend on YouTube or something like that. It's as if software can be a substitute for a well-managed company. If an employee consistently exceeds expectations, does it really matter whether they spent an hour on YouTube on Tuesday?