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Working at home makes sense on snow days

March 8, 2013

There has been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the decision by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that she wants Yahoo employers to work from the office instead of telecommuting from hom....

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Nusenior

Mar-08-13 11:36 AM

I had the option to work from home for over a year. My employer canceled the program because 90%of the, fifty persons, who were in the program, were 40% less productive than the employees who came into the office to work. I was one of the 10% who productive did not drop. I was asked WHY? I told my boss. “The first week I got up and started working in my PJ’s, and found that I was not thinking that I was at work. So after that I got up brushed my teeth, shaved, showered got dressed and went to my office. Closed the door and told my family I’m working stay out!” Most people don’t have the discipline to set their only schedules. The 10% were allowed to sign in and work from home on snow days. The 90% who lacked self discipline on snow day either drove in snow or lost a day’s pay. Why work at home does not work says a lot about the Americans.

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catch22

Mar-11-13 6:56 AM

I have never had the opportunity to work from home. But I know three people who do telecommunite, all three work for the state in some compacity. It angers me. I know the state work is not getting done. But two of these people are women and I can tell you their house is alot cleaner now than when they did not telecommute! Laundry is done on company time, dinner is started on company time, during the summer, work is done by the pool.... you get the drift. I think you have to be very a very diciplined employee to work from home. One of the three of my friends fits that catagory. He is the one who goes to his office and shuts the door. THe other two have tv's in their offices and have it on all day long. Yes, our tax dollars at work! I wish the state would follow Yahoo and Best Buys example!

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catch22

Mar-11-13 6:58 AM

Please excuse the grammar errors in my previous post. I should have reread it before I hit Post Comment...

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mnsotn

Mar-12-13 1:05 AM

I don't see how telecommuting saves the company money. Obviously, most people will be less efficient. Yes, you will always have a few exceptions. Also, the employee who is working from home is now paying to heat their home all day (assuming that they are the only one home and could set the thermostat back otherwise). They are also paying for the electricity to run their computer and lights.

Also, employers often don't let their employees leave the building without punching out due to liability reasons. If an employee gets into a car accident while on the clock, the company is held liable for their accident. I wonder how this works at home, should something happen.

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