When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer defended a controversial decision to kill the company's work-from-home policy, according to a report from magazine, critics considered it a step backward for workplace flexibility.
The order to return to the office rather than working remotely was revealed when a leaked internal company memo from Yahoo's human resources director was publicised.
It's not what's right for Yahoo right now," she said.
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side,” the memo said.
That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”
Mayer’s reversal of policy stirred debate over workplace flexibility.
Research done in more than 30 countries by outsourcing and consulting provider Accenture shows that most professional women would prefer a better work-life balance to an increased salary.
“Over the course of their careers, professionals will continue to define and re-define what success looks like,” said Adrian Lajtha, Accenture’s chief leadership officer. “For many, career goals and personal priorities will take precedence at different times. As today’s professionals strive to find the right balance, leading companies will find innovative ways to help them develop, grow and thrive.”
More than 90,000 women work at Accenture, which takes the view that empowering employees and enabling them to thrive is key to success.
One of the most important contributors to work-life balance identified by the survey was “flexibility,” with 80 percent of women saying that having a flexible work schedule is either very important or extremely important to their career success, it showed.
“The fact that work-life balance continues to be critically important to employees holds tremendous significance for employers,” researchers said.
“Companies that can help their employees navigate both their professional and personal lives are likely to see strong employee engagement and enjoy an advantage as they recruit and retain high performers.”
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