Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! and Working from Home

Feb 27, 2013 Beth Monaghan

Yesterday Tina and I were interviewed by CBS Boston TV about Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate working from home at the company.

I understand why Mayer made her decision. Working from home is great if you only have to collaborate with small teams. In fact, when InkHouse began, we had a 100 percent work from home model. We relied on phone calls, Skype, IM and email to collaborate. And we thought we had it down.

Fast forward to today, we have more than 40 employees and InkHouse is one of the fastest growing private companies in Massachusetts. Had we kept the work-from-home model, we would not be where we are today. Our growth only took off after we took formal office space where we have realized the tremendous value that comes from impromptu brainstorms and hallway conversations.

However, it’s not a black and white decision. Once we took office space, we institutionalized the work from home model. Everyone works from home on Fridays at InkHouse. Those are the days we keep our heads down and focus on strategic planning and writing.

We’d like to keep it this way, but remain open to changing it down the road if our growth necessitates it.

As a mom and a business owner, I understand the pull from both directions. Mayer is under intense scrutiny on both fronts. I wish her the best of luck navigating this gantlet of attention. I am rooting for her.

Here is the CBS Boston interview:

Topics: InkHouse News, Leadership
Beth Monaghan

Since the early days working around her kitchen table, Beth has grown Inkhouse into one of the top independent PR agencies in the country. She’s been named a Top Woman in PR by PR News, a Top 25 Innovator by PRovoke, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth designed Inkhouse’s signature Storytelling Workshop to mirror the literary hero’s journey and to unearth the emotional connections that bind an audience to a brand or idea. She also uses narratives to build Inkhouse’s culture, most recently through two books of employee essays, “Hindsight 2020” and “Aren’t We Lucky?”

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