This article is by Andrew Laing, the global practice leader for Strategy Plus, part of AECOM, a provider of technical and management support services.
Yahoo’s new policy of working at work, as communicated by its chief executive, Marissa Mayer, has created a firestorm of reaction. Why?
The main complaint is that Mayer is fighting an inexorable shift to telecommuting and remote working that is giving millions better work-life balance, increased productivity and concentration, and less commute time and stress. All good.
What most commentators are failing to note is that it is not an either-or situation. It’s a both-and one. For many, the best solutions are those that enable workers to blend their work lives and their home lives and to take advantage of both the home and office (or other places) as settings for different kinds of work at different times of the day and the week.