Is this really the end to working from home?
So, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has put the kibosh on working from home.
For her, the main reason is that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. It’s the face-to-face bouncing of thoughts and ideas that leads to breakthroughs and change.
I agree. Partly. Probably because our agency is precisely that kind of place. But isn’t it a bit idealistic though? To think that all company buildings are buzzing hives of collaborative innovation? After all, even when some employees are in close proximity to one another, you’ll still find them pinging emails rather than talking; or not even sharing eye contact, let alone a new theory of general relativity.
The fact is that there’s no reason for an ‘all or nothing’ approach to home v work.
Isn’t the truth that – home or workplace – it depends on the individual as to how productive they are? The driven employee will always deliver the goods. And the slacker will always, well, slack. Show me one chap buried away for hours in their home office and I’ll show you another wiling away ‘work hours’ with Loose Women.
Surely ‘in-the-office’ time isn’t always productive either, is it Marissa? Just because someone’s face is there, doesn’t mean there heart is too. And, those people who are always buzzing around might actually be achieving very little – other than making a power play for promotion.
Home. Office. It’s an irrelevance. It’s a question of trust. The focus should be on hiring talented people you can depend on to get the job done; whether it’s in the shed, the local Starbucks or the number 534 bus to Putney.