Marissa Mayer’s Job Is to Be CEO—Not to Make Life Easier for Working Moms
Marissa Mayer is a CEO first and a woman second. Indeed, she is a role model for many precisely because she made it to the top job. And as a CEO, her first job is to save her company. If she fails in that, the employees she is insisting come in to the office will have no jobs to come in to.
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I’m of two minds on this. While we are certainly heading towards being able to telecommute as an industry standard, I feel like the circumstances of Yahoo justify Mayer’s decision. Yahoo is in a rebuilding stage where constant collaboration and teamwork is necessary, you never know when inspiration might strike. If there’s one thing I like about going into the office rather than working from home, it’s that I find I am able to get my day-to-day work done sooner and have more opportunity to communicate new ideas to others. Not to say you can’t be creative from home, but in Yahoo’s situation you need to be ready to communicate those ideas at any point. Hopefully one day technology will allow for us to perform any job from anywhere without a loss in communication, but as for now struggling businesses need to fill in it’s gaps.