Opinion

Letters | A shock to telecommuters’ system

All-or-nothing approach doesn’t work

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer issued an ultimatum to staff who work from home: Return to your desks by June 1 or leave the company.

AP/File

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer issued an ultimatum to staff who work from home: Return to your desks by June 1 or leave the company.

RE “NO going back for those working at home” (Page A1, Feb. 27): On the subject of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, ordering all telecommuters to be present in the office by June 1, I think there are two sides to this coin.

I am now retired, but at my last high-tech job as a support analyst we spent a lot of time on the phone and using e-mail. Initially we all sat in our cubicles. On tough cases we often collaborated. During spare time and lunch hour we would gather and discuss technical and home life issues, as any group of employees is wont to do. We were a fairly tight-knit team.

Advertisement

As a so-called gift to the staff, our supervisor set up a system where 20 to 25 percent of us could work from home on a given day. We made two-person teams of identical expertise and made sure both on a team were not out at the same time. This improved productivity and morale, and staff saved gas.

When the corporation saw how effective this was, it implemented a telecommuter system, but made everyone work three to four days from home. The idea was to have fewer staff in the building so that the company could stop renting some real estate.

Get This Week in Opinion in your inbox:
Globe Opinion's must-reads, delivered to you every Sunday.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

As a result, camaraderie dissolved, and new employees never got to know fellow staff members.

I understand that for single parents telecommuting works to their advantage, but a compromise needs to be made.

Marcel Kates

Pepperell

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com