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Mayer Beefs Up Yahoo's Maternity Policy

Move follows controversy over telecommute ban

(Newser) - Yahoo stirred up controversy when CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home ; now, Mayer is reaching out to fellow parents by way of a beefed-up maternity policy. Moms will now get 16 weeks of paid leave, with new dads getting eight, NBC Bay Area reports. That's double the new... More »

Flexible Work Hurts Working Mothers

Think twice before taking that telecommuting position: Dwyer Gunn

(Newser) - Amid all the uproar over Marissa Mayer ending telecommuting at Yahoo , the biggest concern of many was that the new policy would hurt working moms. But studies show it's actually flexible work policies that do the most harm to working moms, writes flex-worker and mom Dwyer Gunn on Slate... More »

Best Buy Kills Freewheeling Work-From-Home Program

Now, you'll need a manager's permission to telecommute

(Newser) - First Yahoo sparked a backlash by telling workers they had to come into the office; now Best Buy—which has had one of the most progressive telecommuting policies going—is doing much the same thing. Ever since 2005, Best Buy has had a "Results Only Work Environment," meaning... More »

Why Working at Home Can Be a Bad Idea

Slate's Katie Roiphe thinks a clear separation helps creativity

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's decree requiring that Yahoo employees stop working from home and instead schlep to the office has set off a wave of pro and con arguments. Count Katie Roiphe of Slate , who has experience in both worlds, in Mayer's camp. When you work from home, you're... More »

Yahoo Defends Work-at-Home Ban

Move 'is about what is right for Yahoo right now'

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's recently announced ban on telecommuting at Yahoo has caused quite a brouhaha ; now, the company is responding. "This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home," the firm says in a statement issued yesterday, per the New York Times . "This is about... More »

Yahoo Bans Telecommuting, Outrage Ensues

Marissa Mayer's new policy inspires a flurry of reactions

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer is making huge waves at Yahoo by banning telecommuting at the company—employees aren't happy, and most pundits are on their side. A sample of the reactions to Mayer's new policy, which AllThingsD revealed last week:
  • "Mayer is trying to put together a 21st century
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80% of Workers Tied to Job—at Home

Extra time adds up to nearly an extra work day per week

(Newser) - Mobile devices are keeping huge numbers of workers chained to the office in their downtime, according to a study by Good Technology . Some 80% of workers polled by the company said they kept working after leaving the office mainly by answering calls and emails, and half of those said they... More »

What Telecommuters Really Do at Home

Many watch TV—but they're still productive: studies

(Newser) - If you work at home, you may have just been caught red-handed: Business Week reports on a new survey finding that, while on the clock:
  • 43% of telecommuters watch TV or a movie
  • 35% do chores around the house
  • 28% make dinner
  • 26% take naps
  • 24% have a drink
  • 20%
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Telecommute or Shower? 12% Pick Telecommute

Perhaps more disturbingly, 5% choose telecommuting over their spouse

(Newser) - Apparently telecommuting is very important to some people. So important, in fact, that a new survey shows 5% of people would get a divorce in exchange for the chance to work from home. Other than marriage, what else are people willing to give up in order to telecommute? LiveScience reports... More »

The 9-to-5 Workday Could Soon Punch Out

Young workers are demanding flexibility

(Newser) - Show of hands, how many people are still clocking in at 9 and out at 5 every day? Well, you might be in the minority soon. In its annual list of top trends, communications firm Euro RSCG Worldwide is predicting that “Generation Y will upend the traditional workday, as... More »

Is Telecommuting Greener?

You'd think so, but the answer isn't that easy

(Newser) - Unless your idea of fun happens to include "exhaust, tiny workspaces, dress codes, and wasting your time," telecommuting is fantastic, writes Brian Palmer in Slate . Studies have shown that it's also "a win-win" for employers and employees in terms of productivity and quality of work. And it's... More »

Swine Flu-Wary Telecommuters Could Floor Internet

Report finds surge in demand might make telecommuting unfeasible

(Newser) - Telecommuters hunkering down at home because of swine flu could overwhelm Internet networks in the coming weeks, a federal watchdog reports. The report earlier this week found that no guidelines are in place to deal with any surge in demand caused by a spike in workers telecommuting and students going... More »

Forget Fetching Coffee: Interns Work From Home

'Virtual internships' take among small business

(Newser) - Companies have long used internships to avoid paying young people, but increasingly they don't want to see their interns at all. "Virtual internships," where recent grads do research and sales or work with social media from home, has expanded from an unheard-of practice to "something almost every... More »

Working at Home Could Boost Layoff Risk, Some Fear

'Trend toward flexibility' makes about-face in rough economy

(Newser) - Workers who once had the flexibility to work from home are sticking to the office, worried that less “face time” could make them layoff targets, the Washington Post reports. To some women, the shift appears to be a step backward as pressure builds to “work as many hours... More »

Office Politics Move From Cubicle to Starbucks

Crowded cafes can be work war zones

(Newser) - Once coffee shops were places to relax, but these days, they’re places for telecommuting workers to plug in, and they’ve taken on all the irritating trappings of an actual office, the Boston Globe reports. Laptop-toting patrons fight tooth-and-nail for power outlets and table space, using the passive-aggressive tactics... More »

Big Brother Boss Turns Eye on Home Workers

Employers take screenshots and photos

(Newser) - Think working out of a home office means wearing your jammies and watching YouTube? Not unless you want the boss to see what you watch in your Mickey Mouse PJs. As telecommuting rises, employers are tracking their workers by taking screen snapshots, recording keystrokes, and even taking pictures of workers... More »

US Driving Continues to Brake

Americans drove 29.8B fewer miles through May '08 than same span in '07

(Newser) - Driving in the United States continued to drop, the Washington Post reports, with May marking the steepest dip in vehicle-miles traveled for that month in the 66 years statistics have been tallied. Americans drove 9.6 billion fewer miles in May 2008 than May ’07; in the first five... More »

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