Automattic Inc. runs a lot of busy websites--including WordPress.com--and it does it with a workforce that toils entirely from home, writes author Scott Berkun. In a post at Harvard Business Review, Berkun outlines the business advantages he uncovered while working at Automattic for a year.
Last week, we reported that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer mandated that telecommuting employees will no longer be able to work from home come June. The unorthodox move has led to a firestorm of interest. Many of our own readers have posted comments questioning the basis behind Mayer's decision.
Yahoo is streamlining its product lineup, eliminating a series of mobile and Web properties including its news and messaging app for BlackBerry.
Distractions that reduce productivity and creativity should be eliminated from the work environment, but it's important to recognize that they can come in all shapes and sizes. For some people, they could be in the form of the TV set, unattended children or the beckoning of the refrigerator. For others, they could be in the form of the prattle of office gossip, the drone of fluorescent lights overhead or sitting in traffic two hours a day.
Amid the firestorm of criticism in the wake of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting at the company, here's something that's actually useful: a collection of recent studies on telecommuting that demonstrate Mayer is both horribly wrong and absolutely right, assembled by Network World's Ann Bednarz.
What could be the reason for this perplexing decision on the part of an otherwise intelligent and innovative business leader?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has mandated that telecommuting employees have to start working in office come June. In an internal memo that was obtained by All Things D, Mayer cited communication and collaboration as being important to the company becoming "the absolute best place to work."
Yahoo acquired Alike, a mobile app that helped users discover nearby venues and places to visit. As a result, Alike said it will shutter its iPhone and Web apps, but the company's employees will join Yahoo's mobile business.
Yahoo unveiled a redesigned Mail client for Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows 8 desktop and the Web, promising a speedier, more streamlined user experience.
Microsoft broke 16 percent for the first time this month in the monthly comScore search engine market share ratings.