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#Smallbiz Wrap: To WFH or not to WFH. That is the Question

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“Yeah, you’re right! I DON’T work for Yahoo!”

This past week, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer decided her employees could no longer work from home. Citing the need to be close and improve culture and another nebulous corpo-speak, she’s basically told the small percentage of Yahoo! employees who do their job in pajamas that the jig is up and that they’re coming into the office or finding work somewhere else.

The internet got all weird about it. Slate, being Slate, posted articles agreeing and disagreeing with the decision. On the one hand, working from home is great! Some people work faster and more productively there. Plus: no need for a nanny. On the other hand, working from home is not great! Couldn’t we use more separation from the office? Is emailing your boss from bed really a good idea? Nannies can be really nice people. Et cetera, et cetera.

We’re going to start this week’s round up with that pair of Slate stories. They’re worth a read, no matter which side of the aisle you fall on. While I sometimes worry that my coworkers couldn’t survive without my insistence on telling them Henny Youngman jokes, I have to say that, on occasion, you really can get more done at home. It’s all about your job and your personality. In the end, if you’re doing a good job, you should be able to do from the subway, surrounded by the hungriest of CHUDs.

The case for working at home.

The case against working from home.

And, to round out that discussion, being told what to do makes you less productive. Can’t argue with that. I’d be really productive about watching Tombstone if it wasn’t for these “deliverables.”

Since Mayer wants folks in the office to improve culture, a reminder that business culture is in fact a real thing that is real important. As they say, the company that loses-to-me-at-pingpong together, stays together.

3 reasons to treat employees like family. Unless you hate your family. In which case: ignore.

Would raising the minimum wage actually help small business? A compelling case for just that. Not that nine bucks an hour is setting the world on fire or anything.

This is one of those things where smartypantses say smart things about their business and you read it and say “ahh, that’s a good point, smartypants.”

Got a question for a lawyer? There’s an app for that. Seriously.

And lastly, since we’ve mainly focused on employees this week, a reminder that your employees will turn out exactly like you. So take your employees out to drinks, because then they’ll take you out for drinks, and you’ll get ever so much done. It’s be like Mad Men, except with worse clothes and less sexism. Presumably.

About Justin Tenuto

Justin is a self-professed legal dweeb who finds Anton Scalia genuinely hilarious. After receiving his B.A. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara, he spent four years as a destitute touring musician before he began writing. He’s worked at a few start ups and law firms and spends his off time playing the banjo, watching Tombstone, and playing the banjo while watching Tombstone.
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