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Yahoo telecommute ban is much ado about nothing: Silicon Valley

decision Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer prohibit telecommuting caused outrage across the country, but there were many in Silicon Valley wonder what it was...

 

Yahoo telecommute ban is much ado about nothing: Silicon Valley
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer prohibit telecommuting caused outrage across the country, but there were many in Silicon Valley wonder what it was.

Working at home is fairly common in the valley, but it is more – not instead of – more than 40 hours working in the office. Despite the image of the region as an area of ​​free wheel makes much of the technology that allows people to work remotely, workers in the Bay Area tend to run in the office, especially in the enterprise.

“Every idea we have is the result of more than two people sitting in a room, try riffs or a clever solution to a particular problem, think”, said Sahil Lavingia founder payments begin Gumroad. “That sort of thing you can not do on an Internet protocol.”

This is not to say that Lavingia staff should never work from home. This is exactly the opposite.

“Everyone needs a home situation makes them equally productive, or near, as if in the office,” he said. “Many people take hours before and after work and on weekends.”

new policy of Yahoo, announced in a memo on February 22 calls for “all employees work-from-home arrangements for work in the offices of Yahoo!”. The change takes effect in June.

Many are starting stages of life – free food, games rooms, flip-flops – are designed to keep people in the office. This applies to engineers, often young and male, as for other employees in groups such as marketing and sales.

and private Wi-Fi equipped buses to the airport employees from San Francisco to Google and Facebook and other companies based in Silicon Valley aim to make the trip more productive, fear that the lawyer or eliminate them completely.

The absence of rules is also a feature of the starter culture, and few companies declare a firm policy on issues such as telework. But the message is clear enough.

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs like long hours put employees in Cupertino, Calif., headquarters talk. “I saw cars in the parking lot late at night, camp beds in some companies,” he said at a press conference in 2010.

Many companies hold regular meetings where all employees are encouraged to participate. On Twitter, they are called “Tea Time” meetings, but generally companies in Silicon Valley, the term “all hands.”

Cloud

content start-up Box has a hands-every Friday during lunch at his headquarters in Los Altos, California, and flows to a satellite office in San Francisco. Box also has offices in London, that a repetition serves the following week.

companies sometimes insist office workers, as evidenced during the start cracking in half Chegg manual online business, said CEO Dan Rosensweig.

“Everyone knows that one of the two, or available,” Rosensweig said. “When you’re in the race, you can not really afford not to know where someone is.”

He believes

premium Silicon Valley person collaboration between different teams the responsibility of overlapping products.

“Most businesses here are products, technology and business,” he said. “It’s not necessarily a person who has all the components of the P & L”, or profit and loss account, which means that close communication is crucial.

David Rusenko, founder Web service building Weebly, says it is simply more efficient for everyone to sit together.

“We have tried to work with designers of distance contracts, and the feedback cycle is so long,” he said. “When you sit with someone two seats away, you say,” Hey, I’m done this, you can take a look. “

teams as many as 10 back-and-forths on a day when they are physically together, contrary perhaps to work remotely, he said.

Some workers hate the premium that companies place on a physical presence, including Jeff Spirer, a veteran of mobile marketing. He recalls a job where everyone’s CEO is needed in the office, even if many employees have long commutes and would have been more productive to stay home for a few days in the week.

“It was much easier for me to work from home, I could not really do when he traveled,” Spirer said, referring to the CEO.

Old Guard of Silicon Valley, such as Hewlett -Packard Co. and Cisco Systems Inc. tend to be much more open to telecommuting.

This contrast, the new policy Yahoo to explain. It is a large adult company, but an evil, and the people inside and outside of the fact agree that they desperately shock of the all-hands needed on deck, the start-up spirit.

“It is not for the general industry working from home, it is about what is good for Yahoo! , at this time, “said a door-word Yahoo.