Thursday 19 July 2012
What signal is Marissa Mayer giving to Yahoo employees? ☀
These worries are mostly groundless. The real problem with Mayer’s pledge to take only a few weeks off and work right through it has little to do with her own welfare or her child’s. It is the message this sends to her employees about the expected work culture at Yahoo.
Mayer will probably do just fine returning to work so early. Top executives have much more flexibility than the lower-level employees they rely on to be at the office bright and early, set things up for the day, reschedule appointments when necessary, run errands and deliver needed papers if they are working off-site. They can also afford to hire live-in nannies so that they never need to scramble to cover gaps or breakdowns in child care coverage. Mayer’s husband, a tech investor, has similar flexibility.
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