There has been a whirlwind of press activity and controversy around Yahoo!s and Marissa Mayer’s decision to end virtual offices and telecommuting. As one would expect, the reaction has been extremely negative from AWE Groups around the world.
I think Mayer’s decision was a no-brainer!
If I were CEO of Yahoo! I would have done it on day one.
Yahoo! is a company with a huge amount of staff that many experts have said for the better part of the last five years needs to be “right sized.” Mayer has so far been unwilling to make cuts and has actually added talent in mobile and assembled a world-class leadership team.
To effectively evaluate these thousands of workers, making them show up everyday and seeing who is performing and who isn’t, seems a logical first step towards getting management’s arms around the culture turnaround.
Furthermore, it’s a company of silos as a result of revolving management teams, CEOs, and even a revolving board. There are many hardworking people at Yahoo!, but I am sure there are many people who have taken advantage of a system where they report to a new person seemingly every quarter.
Mayer isn’t being outdated in her thinking as Sir Branson and many suggest.
I am strongly on the side of trying to bring accountability to a company that hasn’t had much for the last few years. Yahoo! is a very specific company with a specific set of challenges and I think her approach is perfect for Yahoo!
I don’t think accountability is a dirty word.
Remember, one size fits one. I think this is the right strategy for Yahoo! to assess their team and align their culture.
I am not saying this strategy is right for your organization.
I am more confident than ever that Marissa Mayer will drive value for all stakeholders at Yahoo!
What do you think?
If you work at Yahoo!, I guess you can vote with your feet.