The latest upset in career news is Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer has brought all of the remote employees out of the house and back in the office.
I promise not to just repeat what a million other bloggers and news reports have said.
To me, I don’t like bringing my day job home with me. I work on a lot of my own stuff – blogging and writing jobs – at night and on the weekends. The last thing I want is for my day job to bleed into the night.
But what about everyone else? I may feel that way now, but I know when I have kids it will be a benefit I will appreciate.
I’m a part of Phi Kappa Phi and read an article about women having it all – family and career. One of the ways this is possible is through working from home. It’s the little opening in the universe of family and career women have been looking for. I know a few women (and even men) at my job who have kids and have benefited from working remotely on some days.
There is good that can come from this and I worry that Yahoo’s CEO may be missing that.
On the other hand…
I can’t say I blame her entirely. I have had my suspicions at times that some of my coworkers may take advantage of this little perk. Not everyone, but some.
But is that suspicion enough to revoke all work at home opportunities for everybody? With this new policy, and despite the open criticism of this decision, will other companies follow? Will women be taking a slide backwards in our attempt to “have it all”?