The death of telecommuting

Telecommuting was a hot button a few years ago. We were all supposed to be able to cocoon at home and work in our pajamas.
Mar 9, 2013

That dream has sailed, says blogger Penelope Trunk.

"Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to stand up and say that telecommuting is officially banned," prolific blogger Trunk wrote. "Because telecommuting has been implicitly banned for a long time in Silicon Valley, but only Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has the courage to say it, point blank (and) without apology. And her honesty is going to help all of us."

Trunk said "telecommuting is for people who don’t want to give up everything for their company" and Mayer doesn’t want to work with people like that.

Trunk said the message Mayer is sending is that if you want to work for a company whose workers are "doing big and important things, you have to give up everything." And "it's OK to say that."

To read more of Trunk's blog, "Yahoo kills telecommuting," CLICK HERE.

Comments

Mystic Michael

What a ridiculous piece of tripe...

Penelope doesn't know what she's talking about. In my experience, telecommuting has never been more common, more widely implemented, nor more popular.

Moreover even if she was correct, how exactly would banning telecommuting "help all of us"? And in what scenario is it a healthy thing that a company require its employees "give up everything"?

I am nobody's corporate property. Nobody owns me. I am a free agent, offering my intelligence, education, skills, experience, time & effort in exchange for a paycheck plus perks, according to what the market will bear - nothing more.

If you want a life as well as a career, then you have to draw your line in the sand and stand your ground. Put yourself in control over your own life, and refuse to bullied by an employer that thinks of you only as an "asset" that it can manipulate at will, rather than as a human being.

Don't buy into everything you read in the Tribune, boys and girls...

MM

newsblogger

On a good day, it takes almost 1.5 hours each way if my husband has to go to the office. That is a minimum of 3 hours wasted per day or 21 hours per week sitting in traffic. How is sitting in traffic that long each week translating to us not wanting to give the company 100%. The reality is they are receiving an extra 21 hours per week on average of work by not forcing him to sit in traffic where he is not productive? This story is so misinforming. Both my husband and myself work full time from home (him attending meetings once a week at the office) and are very productive and newsflash Penelope.. we get dressed like you do every day!

retired DOC

Is the traffic really that heavy on Saturday and Sunday that it takes 3 hours each day?

newsblogger

Really?? I did not say he worked 7 days a week. And I said 1.5 hours each way, for a total of 3 hours per day. Before you attack someones post, perhaps you should actually read it. (And depending on whether or not there is an event between home and the office.. there is a possibility of a 3 hour drive just so you are aware.)

newsblogger

Some weeks he does work 7 days a week too depending on what the project is at the time. But I don't have to explain this to you since you are only here to find fault in my posts.

Whatareyoutalki...

I believe they is calling out your math skills here.
5 x 3 = 15
7 x 3 = 21

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