Several weeks ago, Marissa Mayer’s decision to send a memo to all Yahoo! employees letting them know that effective June, 2013, there would be no more telecommuting allowed set off an Internet fire storm.
A barrage of articles hit the web arguing everything from the fact that this memo would not be an issue if Mayer was a man instead of a woman with a young child to the fact that this decision could spell the beginning of the end for Mayer’s career and Yahoo!.
Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, and emotions have cooled, it’s time to take an objective look at the decision.
Is Telecommuting Beneficial to a Company?
On the surface, it appears that telecommuting isn’t really beneficial to a business.
Having everyone working in the same building where they can be watched and where they can interact with one another seems best, which is Mayer’s argument. But is it best?
There are three distinct advantages for companies that allow their employees to work from home at least part of the time: