Response to Do Female CEOs Mean Family-Friendly Workplaces?:
My research led to this conclusion about Ms. Mayer: The issue is NOT about working from home. Insiders at Yahoo have said this needed doing. The company had become “fat and lazy” withabloated infrastructure. People were abusing telecommuting and some were just not showing up at all. Andacompany still has the right to ask its employees to show up for work, right? Sarah Kessler of Fast Company Magazine: “Mayer’s decisions have been consistently discussed not on the basis of whether they are appropriate foraCEO, but whether they offend her role asarepresentative for working women everywhere.” Bonnie Fuller, President & Editor-in-Chief, HollywoodLife: “Instead of insulting Mayer by saying she’s “superhuman,” and nota“realistic” role model, and criticizing her for paying foranursery at her own expense, we SHOULD be applauding her. She is one of only 42 female CEOs in the Fortune 1,000 biggest revenue companies. Did you get that — 42 out of 1,000?” Debbie Madden, Executive Vice President, Cyrus Innovation: “I agree with Mayer. Why? Because this debate is not about individual productivity; it is about company productivity. There is little room for argument that in today’s world an employee can be productive from virtually anywhere and at any time, butacompany is not merely the sum of its parts. And collaboration is key to fostering innovation.” This story isn’t about telecommuting. It is aboutaCEO who has been given the mandate to runacompany in the best manner possible. If the CEO wasaman, would we be talking about this? Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer: “The surprising question we get is: ‘How many people telecommute at Google?’ And our answer is: ‘As few as possible.’ There is something magical about spending the time together.” Maybe, just maybe, people should be judging Marissa Mayer as CEO. That may turn out to be her biggest success asawoman. my $0.02: Marissa Mayer: Has the smoke cleared yet?