Liability or Asset – Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Edict

It has been an interesting week between Marissa Mayer’s clamp down on
telecommuters at Yahoo and Sheryl Sandberg’s pitch that women sabotage
their own careers.In both arenas there seems to be a criterion missing.
That criterion is how do you view your human capital in your
organization – are they a liability or are they an asset? Let’s look at
the two events separately:

Marissa Mayer contends that in order to
make Yahoo more productive she wants all human capital assets under one
roof. Ms. Mayer please come clean and admit that the real reason you
issued the edit is because you are still operating in the command and
control model which firmly believes that a productive employee is one
that is in a see all, hear all environment. You know who you are, the
non-engaged employee who can not be trusted to complete the requirements
of his employment contract. I understand that a recent staff meeting
that you were criticized for hiring only the elite. That you have added
added steps to the process which lowers the efficiency of your hiring
process, which should be centered around identifying the best person for
the job, in the right place at the right time for the right job. Just
because you restrict your human capital assets to a certain profile does
not mean that you will be anymore productive s an organization. The
argument that the only way to have productive employees is to have them
under your thumb has been refuted by numerous workplace studies over the
past decade.So here is your question for the day — Are the Yahoo human
capital assets a liability or an asset?

Are they a liability? If
you believe that your human capital are a liability to your organization
than Ms. Mayer is totally correct in her assumptions. If you believe
that a human capital asset is a liability than you need to take certain
steps to control the situation. One of these steps would be to have the
human capital assets in a single place. The you have the space to
control the potential for damages to the organization.the difficulty is
that many organizations have found that the Gen X’ers and Gen Y’s do not
like this kind of environment. The result is that they become less
productive. Consider for a moment how you would feel if someone stood
over you 24/7 watching every thing you did or said? You probably would
not like it. You didn’t when you were a teenager and your parents
hovered over every breath you took. Now that you are a grown adult why
should the feeling magically go away?

Are they an asset? In
today’s global workplace the success of our organizations is highly
dependent on collaboration and innovation. The success of this effort is
not contingent on time or location. It is dependent on the ideas in
their heads. With the access to various social media outlets the
collaboration can be done from any location on the globe.Your
organization depends on the vibrancy of this effort and it is not helped
by having turned off assets.

So you make the decision, are your human capital assets a liability or an asset? You determine the future of your organization by your answer to the question.


Daniel Bloom & Associates, Inc. assists organization’s with the creation of empowered change strategies which are customer centric, organizationally aligned and quality based in your organization.


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