Last week I read a statement by Marissa Mayer, new Yahoo CEO, in justifying their controversial decision to remove the company telework. This decision has been regarded in the business world a big step back in the way of work-life balance and flexible working, information already made great progress in recent years, promoted primarily by technology sector, most innovative normally rest.
The CEO of Yahoo said: “When a person works alone, increases productivity, but when working with others, increased collaborative capacity and creativity”. Really, when a professional is more productive teleworking, because it prevents full office interruptions (huge source of wasted time) and allows the flexibility to organize, which enhances their motivation.
However, a professional will never be more creative working alone. Always enhance their innovation capacity when you connect your ideas with the ideas of others, and is the sum of all which increases the level of creativity of a team and an organization. Hence, I agree with Meyer in diagnosis. A person who becomes solitary teleworking and individualistic, preventing its integration on a computer, and ends up hurting collaboration and teamwork.
Thus, what I propose would be a mix between the two ingredients. Why remove telework when undoubted source of increased productivity? The key is to balance the space and time in which a professional working from home alone, and working with colleagues in the office. Probably 50% would be a reasonable, that balances productivity, teamwork and innovation. But each company must define what their priorities, and depending on them, decide their own percentage.
What certainly seems a major setback is the elimination of telework. Like any organizational tool, the key is to use it properly with specific objectives, and provide measurable results by which to evaluate the effectiveness of telework, it is beyond doubt. As a conclusion, each company must make your own cocktail with these two ingredients (lonely telecommuting teamwork in office) and not have to choose between productivity and innovation. Just have both.
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