When execs at Yahoo and Best Buy ordered their work-at-home employees to pack up their laptops and report to headquarters in February, it seemed corporate America’s decade-long love affair with telework might be on the rocks.
Would other employers rescind progressive flex-work systems, too? Not if a host of advocates had any say.
Backlash began immediately. “A blunt instrument,” Work and Families Institute CEO Ellen Galinsky labeled Yahoo’s telework ban.
National Association for Business Resources CEO Jennifer Kluge said the bans “come at a time when technology, accessibility of good talent and the realities of family life are converging to create a climate that increasingly supports the value of virtual work.”
Indeed, in a number of surveys released shortly before and after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer issued her work-from-the-office-or-else decree, far more employers and employees sang telework’s praises than criticized it.
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