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Memo Re: Staff

Balance and Flexibility Can Lead to a More Productive Workforce

By Barbara Ruland, Communications Specialist

Two high-profile leaders have recently garnered media attention for their drastically different attitudes toward work-life balance.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer became the topic of conversation this month regarding her remarks in a Bloomberg interview in which she discussed working 130-hour weeks during Google’s early days and stated that she can “tell you which startups will succeed, without even knowing what they do” based on whether or not employees were working on the weekend.

Mayer was criticized by some for her 2013 directive cancelling the telecommuting option for Yahoo employees. A leaked memo from Yahoo HR said the rationale was “to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side.”...Read more


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