There are a lot of tips and best practices for increasing workplace productivity. It is something no business, of any size, can ignore. Throughout my 20+-year career in communications, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. As an agency partner, I have also played in house communications counsel roles and gained an insider’s view of different management styles and their impacts on workplace productivity. For me, the biggest takeaway from being in house is when leadership begins to focus on individual success rather than collaboration to hit their organizational goals the team suffers and productivity ceases.
As most of you have probably heard or read by now, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced last Friday that, starting in June, all Yahoo! employees will be expected to work in a Yahoo! office. That means no more telecommuting – no more working from home, from a coffee shop, from the beach – everyone is expected to be present and accounted for on a daily basis in one of Yahoo!’s offices. In fact, the internal HR memo announcing the change even went so far as to seemingly hint that employees might want to find a way around occasionally having to work at home while waiting for the cable guy.
This announcement strikes me as particularly timely, given that due to a cold, a snowstorm and a sick kiddo, I’m currently on my fourth straight day of working from home. And I’m incredibly grateful for the ability to do so. Otherwise, I’d be down four personal days and overwhelmingly behind on my to-do list – or I’d be coughing and sneezing all over my colleagues.