If this has been mentioned before, sorry. New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has issued an edict from on high that says all Yahoo employees who telecommute must start showing up at their offices every day starting in June.
She took the job when she was 6 months pregnant and took only two weeks of maternity leave. then she, at her own expense built a nursery next to her office.
She has also been quoted as saying roughly “the baby was easy”.
Now I don’t have a problem with asking the yahoos to show up at their offices. I am not in IT but I understand the idea of people getting together face to face, brainstorming, creating innovative ideas etc.
My problem is that this elitist bitch is telling women who don’t have a $137 million contract, and don’t live in a penthouse with dozens of handlers taking care of the “easy baby” that it is no prob. It is her perceived attitude that pisses me off. RO I guess, never mind
I’m kind of surprised that people are this upset about Yahoo!'s decision. People also seem to think that because Mayer is a woman, she shouldn’t be making hard-nosed decisions like this. She’s in charge, it’s her call and she made it. If it’s the wrong call, she’ll be held accountable.
If Mayer was a man, I wonder if people would be this outraged at the policy change?
Seems to me that maternity leave is different from long-term telecommuting. She can eliminate the latter without impacting the former. If she’s specifically said that the new policy is to make new mothers get their asses into work, then OK, pit away. Otherwise, her own maternity situation seems rather irrelevant.
I don’t think the issue is with her maternity leave, or lack thereof, but with the realization that she built herself a childsafe facility next to her office and changed the corporate environment so *she *wouldn’t have to leave her child to work. You know how moms who aren’t rich work without leaving their children? They find jobs where they can telecommute.
She’s essentially “telecommuting” from within her office, and now denying other mothers (and fathers and childless adults) from doing the same.
Plus she brushed off any concerns that her being pregnant when hired would cause any problems. Well of course, if she’s going to custom-build a nursery next to her office, she’s set. Pity she just fucked over a bunch of her employees who can’t exactly do the same thing.
Some employees took the job on the understanding that they could telecommute, so how many people will they lose? Or is that the goal? Also, the companies I’m familiar with encourage telecommuting so they can maintain smaller office buildings. Some of them don’t even have enough space to house everyone.