February 24, 2013

How to deal with new corporate policy

Gawker reports that Yahoo's new boss, Marissa Mayer, has ended for her employees the great tech perk of working at home. Her stuffy argument:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.
A Gawker reader, Hitchhiker, came up with some suggestions on how to deal with the problem:
Whatever office they set-up I'd advise everyone required to be there to go out of their way to waste office resources. Take notepads and write one word on every page. Buy a fish tank and refill it every day with water from the cooler, maybe don't even have a fish in there.

Every time your supervisor comes in to question it keep tapping on the glass saying "He's shy around strangers!".

Fill the break room fridge with 100 egg salad sandwiches that were already pre-spoiled at home.

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