Have you heard about how Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Meyer just told employees that they can no longer work from home? She recently went on maternity leave but cut it to only two weeks because she was able to work from home. Oh, and she also built a nursery for her own child at the office so she can be near her baby during the day. It must be nice.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer built a nursery in her office so she could bring her baby to work, which has angered some stay-at-home employees following her demand that all remote workers report back to the office.
The former Google Inc. executive took the demanding top job at Yahoo! when she was five months pregnant and stirred up controversy when she took only two weeks of maternity leave after giving birth last fall.
But at her own expense, Mayer built a nursery adjacent to her office to be closer to her son.
‘I wonder what would happen if my wife brought our kids and nanny to work and set em up in the cube next door?’ the husband of one remote-working Yahoo employee asked in an interview with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher.
In all fairness, a few employees said that some of their coworkers who work from home slack off. If that’s the case, each employee should be dealt with individually. At least that’s how many companies would do it. Why punish all for the sins of a few? Some people are much more productive working from home.
Anyway, the story has been making waves and Mayer has been widely criticized. But one thing I haven’t seen in the stories I’ve read about Mayer’s move to do away with telecommuting is that she was a big donor and bundler for the Obama campaign and Democrats. National Journal reported last July:
Mayer, who was tapped earlier this week as Yahoo’s new chief, has been a prolific political donor, giving primarily to Democrats including President Obama. During the current campaign cycle, she has given a total of $5,000 to Obama’s reelection fund — the maximum amount she can donate — according to Federal Election Commission data. In addition, Mayer gave $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund political action committee, which is providing funds to state Democratic committees in about a half-dozen battlegrounds, such as New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia. The former Google executive also has given $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee.
I guess that explains why she gives out free lunches and smart phones to employees. I doubt that will make up for the flexibility working from home offers to working parents who can’t afford nannies and office nurseries for their own kids.