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(NPR)   Working from home: is it the end of productivity, or the future of work? Depends on how seriously you take your job, I suppose   (npr.org) divider line 124
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2013-02-26 12:06:48 AM
Having worked from home, it was one of the greatest perks ever.
 
2013-02-26 12:12:36 AM
I get more done when i work from home, and it's nice not having people drop by my cube to BS constantly. Although my cats hang out with me and try to "help."

It's the greatest thing ever.
 
2013-02-26 12:12:52 AM
I can't wait to get on the USPTO work at home program, it's pretty great.
 
2013-02-26 12:18:26 AM
I'm WAY more productive at home because people aren't stopping by to bother me all day. I save up my drudge work for my telework day each week because I know I can really get some shiat done.

If people are obviously abusing the privilege, you have 3 options: warn them, rescind telework for them, or fire them. The same as if they were unproductive while in the office. This is not a difficult proposition.
 
2013-02-26 12:21:02 AM
I worked from home for a few years, it was the best thing ever.  I was more productive, and putting in another 2 hours for what used to be my commute didn't bother me.
Eating with metal utensils and drinking from a real glass while working was a huge perk.  It's the little touches of dignity that we so often overlook when someone's not wearing pants.
 
2013-02-26 12:47:01 AM
Dear Princess Marissa,

I'd be the first to say that Yahoo! needs to be refactored from the ground up, and I'd be the first to acknowledge that physical presence helps when it comes to cross-fertilization of ideas, but are you really that interested in facetime, or are you interested in cutting headcount without having to actually use the word "layoff"?

By the way, princess, your predecessors should have sold to MSFT years ago when he had the chance. Seriously, YHOO. MSFT bid $31/share for you dumb farks in 2008, except that your board had its head up its ass like a multibillion-dollar Ouroborous and let it fall through.

Whatever the fark was wrong with you then is what the fark is still wrong with you now. You're not in business for the sake of remaining independent, you're in business to make money for the shareholders. The employees got farked either way, the least you could have done is admitted defeat and become one with the borg when you had the chance. At least someone would have made money over the past five years.

Wow. That escalated quickly. I'm just glad that I neither work for now own shares in YHOO, or it probably would have been worse. I'm OK with a little bit of facetime every now and then even in the context of a distributed team, but I don't know what's the more frightening implication: either Princess Marissa is trying to disguise layoffs/constructive dismissals as something other than what they are, or she drank a little too much of Google's cultural kool-aid and has gone full-retard against remote work.

Your grateful bystander,
Twilight Farkle.
 
2013-02-26 01:23:39 AM
I find I do much better when working from home.  I often find myself working longer hours as well.
 
2013-02-26 01:28:29 AM
When at home I find it difficult to get that same furtive thrill of masturbating at my work station, and it's a lot harder to hear the "fries are done" alarm.
 
2013-02-26 01:28:33 AM

Twilight Farkle: At least someone would have made money over the past five years.


The movie Frequency's ending wouldn't be quite as stupid either.
 
2013-02-26 01:38:31 AM
In the 80's I worked from home and got quite a bit done.  Even better, my code was portable as I had a Z-80 (TRS-80), and we had an 8088 at work.  But I quickly learned that time not spent in the office was time spent not working, no matter you turned in better code ahead of schedule.  Sigh.

In the 90's I was a consultant.  Quickly learned that if my body wasn't inside the building I couldn't bill the hours.  sigh

In the 00's I worked for a great company.  I wanted to go to work every day; I liked the people, I liked my office, I loved my work.  I still worked from home, but it was on top of 9+ hours a day spent in the office.  Got divorced.  sigh.

Now I'm semi retired, don't work at all.  sigh.
 
2013-02-26 01:43:49 AM
Now that I think of it, by the time I worked from home in the 80's I was on a Leading Edge PC 98% compatable clone, running an 8088, and at work we had the 8086.
 
2013-02-26 01:48:34 AM

davidphogan: Having worked from home, it was one of the greatest perks ever.


THIS.

I've been working at home for the last year, and my time on Fark has fallen off a cliff... I wouldn't dare fark this up and wind up back in some godforsaken cubicle hell.
 
2013-02-26 01:50:38 AM

davidphogan: Twilight Farkle: At least someone would have made money over the past five years.

The movie Frequency's ending wouldn't be quite as stupid either.


Attention everybody in 1999 and 2000: If you're reading this in 1999 or 2000 and YHOO is trading over $45, sell now. You won't make a dime in the next 13 years. The punchline, of course, is that with 20/20 hindsight, the same comment applies as much to MSFT as it does to YHOO. Shoulda, woulda, coulda...

/but didn't.
 
2013-02-26 02:50:49 AM
I hired, developed all the processes for, and managed an entire team of programmers in four locations on two continents for a large company from a comfy lounge chair behind a desk in my home office. I still try to work from home now once a week if I can, I get caught up on all the email I missed during the week dealing with the crisis du jour.

Like everything else, some people can do it some can't. I can sit surrounded by toys and not get distracted, others not so much, and lots of those people kick ass in the office so it's not a general employee quality thing but just personality.
 
2013-02-26 02:54:27 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: When at home I find it difficult to get that same furtive thrill of masturbating at my work station, and it's a lot harder to hear the "fries are done" alarm.


Ok, that was funny as all hell.

/has you farked as 'Montreal Otter Squat'.  Can't remember why

ThatGuyGreg: I've been working at home for the last year, and my time on Fark has fallen off a cliff... I wouldn't dare fark this up and wind up back in some godforsaken cubicle hell.


That line really tempted me to sponsor you for TF, but even I'm not that big of a dick.

I've been self-employed and officeless for 6 years now.  It's fantastic.  I get more done laying on my back and before I put pants on than I do the rest of the day.  Just about every day I wind up on my laptop taking care of the last few issues from the 'south boardroom'- the pub that I frequent and take meetings in.  Really, there's very little work that can't be done with a beer in hand.
 
2013-02-26 06:27:52 AM
I like working from home because in quiet moments I can play games. There, I said the truth. You all do it too. If not - I apologise for apparently ruining it for the rest of you :(
 
2013-02-26 06:45:06 AM
I would love to work from home, but my wife somehow misunderstands my presence at home as making me somehow responsible for helping her with her chores.

Washing the dishes and cleaning the house are your jobs, honey. I'll be over here making money.
 
2013-02-26 06:48:20 AM
I've worked from home for 5 years now, and I would sooner kill a puppy with a dead kitten before I worked in an office with people. Freelance is where it's at. Pajamas, pot, cartoons, and laptop. Good times.

/office politics and bosses can EABOD
//fark your kids girl scout cookies
 
2013-02-26 06:53:28 AM
Now if I could just convince DISA and DSS to let me have a SIPRnet drop in my home, life would be sweet and I'd never have to commute to the office again.
 
2013-02-26 06:55:12 AM
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Marissa Mayer is kinda hot. Obviously a shiatty CEO, though.
 
2013-02-26 06:55:59 AM

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Marissa Mayer is kinda hot. Obviously a shiatty CEO, though.


Hot enough to jizz on her face and use her hair as a nutrag.
 
2013-02-26 06:57:13 AM
I went into the office for two days last week for the first time in a while, and got way less done.

People will just come into your cube and hang out. I have shiat to do!
 
2013-02-26 07:01:17 AM
FTA:   43 percent of workers said they've watched TV or a movie while teleworking, 35 percent have done household chores, and 28 percent copped to cooking dinner while "working".

Yeah, in the office time is wasted in other ways.

/Bonus: unlike office wasted time, home wasted time is also known as "living your life"
//Who cares so long as you get the job done?
///(told I need 3 of these)
 
2013-02-26 07:02:35 AM
working from home boosts my productivity.... on Fark
 
2013-02-26 07:06:29 AM
NO, she's not hot.
And yes, Yahoo is the AOL of the 21st Century.
Yahoo sucks, Ray. And there's nothing the princess can do about that.
 
2013-02-26 07:07:35 AM
I get to work from home when the weather is bad (if the school has a snow day, I work from home)
 
2013-02-26 07:07:59 AM
Yahoo is learning why you don't hire someone from Google to run your company, just as JCPenney learned you don't hire some dick from Apple to run your company.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:02 AM
There are personality types who can get more done when they are not being interrupted constantly.  I am one of those people.   Just 2 days a week where I do not have people constantly dropping by my desk, interns and new employees asking questions etc...  I save the tedious work for WFH days.   Since I am in the Atlanta area, driving to work and back can take 3-4 hours out of each day and I see it as a waste of gas and energy.   To go through all that trouble so a manager can walk by once or 2x a week is foolish and stupid.  We save team meetings for a day once a week when everyone is in the office rather than have them every day.

Letting me work from home is like giving me money without a raise and making me work in the office costs me extra money and makes me want to leave the company to go work for someone who will treat me better.    You can only treat mature adults like children if they are stuck and cannot leave their jobs, but beware that the resentment you cause will reflect on the company.
 
2013-02-26 07:10:02 AM
I prefer it... Right now, I'm teaching three classes, two days a week, but the other four days I work, I'm far more productive at home than I am going into the studio. First I don't waste gas. No getting aggravated with traffic or trying to find a parking space. Don't have to deal with anyone else's dramas or egos, and I can break up my work day as I see fit. I'm far more productive early in the morning, and l usually leave all my menial tasks and what not for the late afternoon when I'm usually not as creative.

I've actually been working in three hour intervals (taking an hour or so off in between) for the last few weeks on a colleague's recommendation... It's amazing how much I can get done and the concepts and ideas come a lot easier when I'm not forcing myself to be creative.
 
2013-02-26 07:11:03 AM
/the funniest part is that yahoo actually thinks it needs a ceo to manage the garbage that goes on there.
 
2013-02-26 07:12:37 AM
I want to work from home but I can't convince them to purchase the lab equipment...
 
2013-02-26 07:14:47 AM
I don't know about bagging on Marissa Mayer. Yahoo was a crap company with a revolving door of CEOs before she came in. Dumping this perk makes sense since she has to get everyone on the same page for the new direction of the company. I get the Yahoo employee complaints, but then again, these people work for Yahoo!, so I have to question how much they know.

Even the US Patent Office is a dubious example, since the patent system is systemically broken and no amount of adopting modern work arrangements is going to solve that.
 
2013-02-26 07:24:59 AM
I work at home one or two days a week, and as a general rule, am tremendously more productive there than at the office.  As a litigator, if I don't have to be in court or with a client, whether I'm sitting in front of a computer in my office or at my house doesn't matter.  Only difference is that in my house, the computer is better, 5x faster, the screen is bigger and the printer/scanner  is a foot away.  Also, I don't lose 2 billable hours per day commuting and chatting with people dropping in who apparently have far less to do than I do.  A 10 hour day worked from home is substantially less soul draining than being down at the office.
 
2013-02-26 07:25:38 AM
I agree about that "getting a helluva lot more done" when working from home. I have a needy cat who interrupts me a helluva lot less than the average co-worker. The only thing I'd worry about is that if I can work from home, somebody else could do my job from Bangalore for half the price.
 
2013-02-26 07:25:51 AM
I work from home a lot and am far more productive. On days when I have to go into the office, I work only while I'm there. Once I leave for the day, I'm done. When I WFH on the other hand, I leave my laptop connected and am willing to answer emails, work issues etc. through the evening. Even random work on weekend.  It's called give and take.

If you're willing to be flexible with me, I'll be flexible for you. You want to enforce ridged rules about me being in the office? Fine. But don't expect the same flexibility out of me then either.
 
2013-02-26 07:28:54 AM
Eh, I'll admit to being a lazy ass when working for home.  I remember that I just don't want to work and then don't have the benefit of not being away from home to motivate me to work.  Over all, I like the hours better, but I'm guessing I just lack the discipline.
 
2013-02-26 07:39:50 AM
yeah but you tend to eat in rather than eat out at Jimmy John's every day
 
2013-02-26 07:40:23 AM
I'm generally more productive in the office than I am at home, thanks to better Internet access at home and no distraction from my feline assistants.  The most productive places of all for me are fast food restaurants, but purchasing a dollar's worth of food every hour gets expensive.  (Cafes and pubs, not so much, because they are not as well lit.)
 
2013-02-26 07:43:28 AM

Yamaneko2: I'm generally more productive in the office than I am at home, thanks to better Internet access at home and no distraction from my feline assistants.  The most productive places of all for me are fast food restaurants, but purchasing a dollar's worth of food every hour gets expensive.  (Cafes and pubs, not so much, because they are not as well lit.)


A cheeseburger and fries are expensive? Assuming 9 bucks for an average cheesburger and fries plate. 9 dollars/9 hours...
 
2013-02-26 07:46:40 AM
Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.
 
2013-02-26 07:52:23 AM

sendtodave: Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.


Lots of companies value bs facetime/asskissing more than being productive. Those companies are bad.
 
2013-02-26 07:53:34 AM

robohobo: sendtodave: Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.

Lots of companies value bs facetime/asskissing more than being productive. Those companies are bad.


why do you say that?
 
2013-02-26 07:55:58 AM
Maybe instead of getting rid of it altogether, they could just evaluate all current wfm employees and fire the nonproductive ones?  I guess that would take too much effort.
 
2013-02-26 07:56:33 AM
Since I'm the only person who actively uses their Yahoo! email account, they should have consulted with me, since that's probably the only thing that's keeping them in business.
 
2013-02-26 07:56:40 AM
*wfh

Maybe I should start a coffee habit...
 
2013-02-26 07:57:21 AM
Working at home is a total productivity killer for a large company that doesn't have good governance of employee performance. This is what happened with Yahoo! Basically -

a) Managers got busy at work and weren't regularly checking up on employees.
b) There wasn't a corporate communication plan in place to tackle work at home employment.
c) KPI's for productivity weren't clearly set.

In an environment where no one is measuring your work output, no one is regularly talking to you, and your manager isn't regularly watching you, let's be honest - how many of us would REALLY bother to put in any time other than the bare minimum to keep up appearances.

Maybe the rest of you are farking angels, but it if was me I would be collecting the sweet Yahoo! paycheck and then either playing FTL all day or working on my web strip poker start up. I'm pretty certain that I'm in the majority with this self assessment.
 
2013-02-26 07:58:42 AM

TheSelphie: *wfh

Maybe I should start a coffee habit...


why the hell not, it's just as bad as ephedrine, which i'm sure you do a lot of already
 
2013-02-26 07:59:46 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: yeah but you tend to eat in rather than eat out at Jimmy John's every day


Jimmy Johns delivers, FTW.
 
2013-02-26 08:00:53 AM
Working from home right now.

Of course, I'm wasting time on Fark. Then again, that's only 45 seconds, vs. the hour long BS session I was forced to endure yesterday about the race and Danica last Sunday.
 
2013-02-26 08:02:34 AM
I get a lot more done when WFH. The TV might be on but it's muted and I'm not actually watching it. If I make dinner it's 2 minutes to throw in a crockpot. I work longer hours when WFH too. I'm always available via the phone after hours & weekends if work needs me. I agree with the others...take away all my WFH and then don't bother me on MY time!

/Good luck with that collaboration Yahoo. All the good people are gonna collaborate on getting a new job.
// Yes, I let my employees WFH. It was only an issue one time and as a manager I dealt with it....do your job managers.
 
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