Remote working, known to many as ‘working from home’, is something many companies are open to, with some actively encouraging it.
They said what?
As one of the largest technological firms in the world who specialise in online communication, it would make sense for Yahoo to be in favour of remote working.
However, their new chief executive Marissa Mayer revealed in a leaked document that they were prohibiting all their employees from working at home!
Banning Yahoo staff from remote working might sound like a strange decision, but Ms Mayer gave her reasons. She cited issues such as low productivity and a lack of effective communication as reasons to prevent any employee from working away from their offices. This move seems out of kilter compared to what other major business leaders think about it.
Technology making it easier?
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson spoke about how advancements in technology had made it possible for people to work from home, while providers of tools to enable remote working were disappointed by Yahoo’s decision. On their website, they said:
“We know that for remote working to be effective, there needs to be an element of trust that works both ways – trust that your employees or colleagues will be able to do their work they’re tasked with, and they won’t let you down. If they do, feel free to penalise them, but not the entire company.”
Changing the face of communication
Remote working might have been unthinkable 20 years ago, but in that time, so much has changed. Internet speeds have increased rapidly; technology such as video conferencing has been created and more people are using email and instant messaging to communicate.
All of that has made remote working possible for anyone, whether they work for a small business or a large multinational.
Working from home brings benefits to employers and employees alike such as:
- Saving money on travel costs for employees.
- Saving money on office expenses like computing, furniture and extra office space.
- Allowing employers to recruit better workers from further afield.
- Allowing employees to work flexible hours, especially at night if a deadline needs to be met for a big project.