5 must-reads for the in-the-know HR Professional: Week of March 1st, 2013

industry_headlinesAs I look back on this week in the world of Human Resources, there is one strong theme that I just can’t avoid talking about in this post. If you haven’t logged into LinkedIn or surfed any news sites you might have missed the announcement that Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, made in regards to Yahoo’s new remote working policy. In the age of SAAS, smart phones and online collaboration software many professionals were surprised by this announcement. It has made national news and brought up many great points for discussion that I would like to share with you.

Below you will find articles that I feel give different perspectives in regards to the workforce today and their expectations for a flexible work schedule, working remotely & using online tools to connect globally.
1. “Physically Together”: Here’s the Internal Yahoo No-Work-From-Home Memo for Remote Workers and Maybe More (via Kara Swisher)
Kara Swisher, of allthingsd.com was the one who leaked the news of Yahoo’s announcement. Check out this article to find excerpts from Yahoo’s internal memo to all remote employees.
2. An Open Letter to Marissa Mayer: Please Don’t Send Your Employees Back to the 1950s (via www.gorowe.com)
Once Yahoo’s news was leaked many were quick to jump to bat to put forth what they thought about Yahoo’s management decision. In this article, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, founders of CultureRx, share their thoughts on why Mayer made the wrong move for her employees and how this may effect Yahoo’s future as an employer.
3. Ex-Yahoo Workers: Marissa Mayer Is Right, ‘Many Workers Were Milking The Company’ (via www.huffingtonpost.com)
Hear from the employees of Yahoo on how they have felt since the internal memo was sent to remote workers. The workforce is divided as to Yahoo’s decisions as they move into a new era and need to band together to bring Yahoo out of their current decline.
4. [INFOGRAPHIC] The Remote Worker Revolution is Upon Us (via www.lifesize.com)
In the midst of Yahoo’s decision, we continue to be told about the cost savings an organization can have if they have employees work remotely. It is hard to argue with the statistic on this infographic that telecommuting saves 1500 lives from being lost in a car accident.
5. Yahoo Responds to Controversy Over Work-at-Home Ban (via www.mashable.com)
After widespread criticism of Yahoo’s decision to ban employees from working from home, the company has addressed the controversy in a vague statement found in this article.
So you have heard what the HR world has to say, what are your thoughts? Is Yahoo’s business decision going to help or hurt?