So, we've all heard that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is making all her employees work at the office instead of from home. Well fine, that's the corporate environment she wants. She needs to shake things up. She wants more productivity and collaboration. Whatever. I mean, at least she's in this with her employees. It's not like she gets to work from home or anything.
Oh, but did I mention? Marissa Mayer has her own private nursery at the office. Well all righty then! I guess it's easy to put in all those hours at the office if your kid is there with you. But what about everyone else? Isn't this just a little bit hypocritical?
To be fair, Marissa paid to have that nursery built herself. With her piles and piles of CEO money. But even if you had money to burn, it would take a lot of clout to demand the space at the office. You know Shirley in Accounting doesn't have that kind of juice!
And sure, I guess she earned the right to have these privileges. But I still say it stinks -- and if everyone in the company knows you've got your own in-office private nursery, it's going to be awful for morale. I think Marissa needs to share!
Yahoo should have in-office childcare. Lots of corporations that big, like Disney, have company nurseries for their employees. Usually the childcare costs are also discounted, so that's yet another perk. But in this day and age, companies who ban working at home need to come up with other solutions. This is not the 1950s, and it's not about making employees "happy." It's about making employees' work-life balance manageable enough so that people can focus and do their best work.
Do you think it's fair that Mayer denies her employees flexibility while she gets her own office nursery?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside