CEO Yahoo mom, Marissa Mayer, was a spotlight in the news this morning after she announced there would be no more working from home at Yahoo. Her reasons were solid and made valid points in running a business. I don't for a moment disagree with any of them. However, and it's a big however, she made a sweeping decision that affected hundreds of her employees across the board. The very same reason I couldn't vote for Mitt.
Sweeping decisions made in one fell swoop, cutting down all the trees to barren wasteland, are almost never beneficial to the greater good. She has caused all kinds of uproar within her own company, as well as with working moms across the country. Now, I don't know if that was part of her secret vision in her business plan - to create increased awareness, positive or negative, but it can't be good or helpful.
Then there's the question posed by CBS This Morning: Does Mayer have a responsibility to be a role model for all working moms? (throw in the fact that she used her fortune to build herself a nursery attached to her office so her child could be at work with HER all day) has been given a lot. Her lot in life is pretty gracious money wise.
To answer the question - yes, she does, because our inherent reason for being is to take that which we have been given, whether it be substantial or meager, give gratitude, then use it to enhance the lives of others. Wouldn't a better solution to the same end have been to reduce work from home days to only one per week? Or how about instead of her own private nursery, build a company daycare? I think four days a week is long enough to hobnob at the water cooler, and at least one work from day helps so many moms perform better at their job.
And so, as another day goes by, we must get up everyday and do whatever is that we do, with consistency and integrity, and...I have written.