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What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« on: February 28, 2013, 10:10:53 AM »
So many of you no doubt heard about the decision this week (via a leaked memo from outraged employees) by Yahoo to put a stop to all remote working/telecommuting for their employees.

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As Data Professionals many of us work remotely/telecommute and Yahoo's decision could potentially influence how the management of your organistation views the subject.

What do you think about all of this? Did Yahoo make the right decision in your opinion?



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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 10:28:48 AM »
Ridiculous!  "Working from home" "Telecommuting" whatever you want to call it for me works better.  Sure we all need to be in the office from time to time and some things are easier than working from home.  As a techy, there is nothing I can't do from home that I can do in the office, I have Skype so meetings are sorted, my VPN sometimes feels quicker than the office LAN :).  Perhaps the biggest win "working from home" brings is flexibility, I can be logged on between 7am and 8 am, finish working at 6pm and still be "home" before I would be working in the office.  I also get fewer interruptions so it can also very productive.

Some idiot @ Yahoo! needs to rethink this decision.
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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 12:03:37 PM »
What do you think Yahoo's reasoning/motivation could have been?

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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 01:48:26 PM »
Can't say why they did it but I've had varied results working from home over the last couple of years. As Chris McG stated before, I've also been far more productive when working from home in terms of flexibility (ie. starting early and finish late and then jump back on after the little'n is in bed) and being able to crack on with work without the distractions you get in the office.

The downsides I found were trying to get a hold of people when you need them. If you're in the office you can see if a person is there at their desk or busy in a meeting. I've often found myself ringing 3-4 different people to find out if a particular person is available cos I can't get a hold of them, or indeed the 2-3 people I try. What I have also found is the reluctance for people to ring you if you're working from home. I've had some people actually think I was on holiday/unavailable that day just because I wasn't in the office. I suppose that last point is an issue about communication......

Skype etc is great for meetings but rubbish for impromptu design sessions or meetings where people scribble a load of diagrams on the whiteboards. This is difficult sometimes to add input into.

All in all I like a mix. I couldn't work from home 5days a week, I'd miss the office banter etc but certainly it has worked for me previously.

Doesn't answer ur question though John ;)

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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 06:19:31 PM »
A thinking question........can't compute......CPU.......VM nightmare.....oh wait that's not it this is the SQL Brit message board. Must have been a nightmare this morning. Nope issue still exists!

I've been on both sides of the fence as most have with working remotely then working in a business. My current schedule is flexible but I am in the office during the work day. Previous job remote work was removed from us due to people abusing the concept. Management decided against it for a few bad eggs.

As far as yahoo goes and this is just a spin I thought of you have people who are from the old school thinking where you must be in the office to do the work and then others vice versa....was it solely one persons decision or a board? Who knows.....for me at the end of the day I am productive in both environments but less distraction for me comes from working when I am at home. If people know I am in the office then I'm usually playing the 20 question game.

Great question by the way now I get to go back to VM land, ETL's, sub query nightmares oh my!

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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 08:36:04 PM »
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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 09:26:45 PM »
Maybe for Yahoo, at this point in time, this is the right choice. The new CEO has made the decision based on her experience at Google, now that is hardly a poor model to emulate. As long as their offices are as fun as Google (stories I've heard from people that work there it sounds like a playground) this could well be an inspired choice.

(shill time) I blogged about it, so maybe if I've piqued your interest you can read about it here...

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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 09:35:13 PM »
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Perhaps the biggest win "working from home" brings is flexibility, I can be logged on between 7am and 8 am, finish working at 6pm and still be "home" before I would be working in the office. 
Absolutely agree on this one. Commuting is just wasted time, particularly in the Big Smoke (that's London for the international audience ;) ). Sure I try to make good use of the time by reading/listening to podcasts etc. but those who have been on the tube during rush hour will attest to the fact that you're lucky if you have room to breath let alone concentrate/focus on something productive.

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Re: What the (choose your favourite expletive) were Yahoo thinking?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 09:42:55 PM »
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Maybe for Yahoo, at this point in time, this is the right choice. The new CEO has made the decision based on her experience at Google, now that is hardly a poor model to emulate. As long as their offices are as fun as Google (stories I've heard from people that work there it sounds like a playground) this could well be an inspired choice.

(shill time) I blogged about it, so maybe if I've piqued your interest you can read about it here...

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That's a very well written and thought out post chap. Thanks for sharing it.

 

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