Executives at Indy Tech Company ExactTarget are surprised to hear working at home policies are being stopped at big companies like Yahoo.
“I am a little baffled by the way some companies are dealing with flexible work spaces given the hyper-connectivity of our workforce. The ability to conduct international operations via your phone or computer or tablets is at an all-time high,” said ExactTarget Senior Vice President Todd Richardson.
But Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer is circling the wagons. In a memo obtained by tech blog allthingsd.com Mayer says, “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side, that is why it is critical we are all present in our offices.”
So the translation here is if you don’t come into work, you’re fired.
Best Buy followed Yahoo! by ending or modifying its work at home policy as well.
“The challenge that I think companies are starting to find is the effectiveness of the work and how creative they can be at that at home environment when they really only have themselves to interact with,” said LeadJen President Jenny Vance.
“I don’t read it as a trend,” said TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier.
Langellier said it’s more about Yahoo! trying to stay relevant and reinvent itself.
“I see this as the need to pull people in tightly because when you’re not part of those hallway conversations when you’re not part of those ad-hoc meetings that happen when companies are in the midst of flux, things can get lost in translation,” Langellier said.
Tech CEOs in Indy say working at home isn’t on its way out but it may be modified a bit because it still is a the lifeblood for a lot of companies.
“I think you’re still going to see plenty of telecommuting coming naturally with start-ups globally and nationally,” said Apparatus CEO Aman Brar.
So keep those pajamas handy in the office at home when you don’t have to go into the office.