Friday, March 1, 2013

Reporting Back to the Office?

Reports of Yahoo!’s plans to recall its telecommunting employees to the home campus lit up the blogosphere this week. By this summer they would be required to report back to the office and no longer work from home, the Giants game or Starbucks. On the one hand, this decision seems to counter another trend we've heard a lot about lately: companies adopting more flexible policies towards telecommuting.

But if businesses are incorporating more collaborative areas, cushy lounge furniture land
benchstyle desking into their offices to facilitate conversation and collaboration, then is Yahoo! really off the mark for requiring their employees to work in the office full-time? How can you share, brainstorm, and innovate the next wave of the future with your fellow colleagues if you’re nestled up on your sectional at home with your laptop open and bran muffin in hand? And let’s face it, many campuses are merging the two worlds. Free lunch, free Wi-Fi, a video game or a pedal on the bicycle at lunch time doesn’t seem all that bad. So why not go to the office to play, uh…work?
Yahoo!'s space has evolved since it moved from this space in 2008, and it sounds like more changes are ahead.

Perhaps it is because we live in mobile, nomadic world of creators, innovators and workers—often facing long commutes—and that’s changed the productivity equation. Even the federal government has embraced telework, according to a story last fall in the Washington post.

So what are the advantages of encouraging or discouraging remote working? Are people any less talented, creative, productive or innovative working from home? We’d like to hear your thoughts.

- Lindsay Kurtz

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Lindsay Kurtz is a Project Coordinator and has been with SideMark for over 5 years. She has worked on many of SideMark's large accounts and due to her diligence, sense of urgency, and attention to detail, she has ensured successful installations and satisfied clients. Lindsay also helps to facilitate internal and industry events. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. To contact Lindsay, email her at

1 comment:

  1. Great Article! It'll be interesting to see how this transition back to the main campus evolves and how the recent telecommuters receive this change- back to the basics.

    The advantages and disadvantages of working remotely are dependent on many factors such as the individual's ability to stay focused, work without distraction, the nature of their work, and whether they have sufficient collaborative interactions -either virtually or personally- for their position.

    Let's watch and discuss how Yahoo fairs in this endeavor to recall the teleworkers and recharge their brainstorming power!