There’s a simple reason why Marissa Mayer’s recent move to curtail telecommuting at Yahoo has elicited widespread rending of garments and gnashing of teeth: People like being able to work from home.
Time and time again in company reviews, when we ask employees what they like about a company, the option to telecommute ranks right up there with good benefits, generous bonuses and competitive salaries.
Employees Like:“I like almost every aspect of working for the company, especially the ability to telecommute.” – Online Course developer, Pearson eCollege
“Telecommuting enables employees with children to do their jobs around busy family schedules.” – Internal Information Staff, Noblis“I enjoy working at BNY Mellon especially the telecommuting and flex hours.” – IT Business System Analyst, Bank of New York Mellon
And when it comes to things employees dislike about about the places they’ve worked, telecommuting once again makes a strong showing. In these instances, though, the focus in on the lack of telecommuting options.