Speaking of Iron Ladies, remember when Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced a ban on telecommuting.
When Mayer took over Yahoo!, it was in serious trouble. Morale was sinking; the office was empty; employees did not interact with each other.
So, Mayer took charge.
For her pains she elicited howls of derision. Many people believe that telecommuting solves the problem of work/life balance. They denounced Mayer as a traitor to her gender.
Some pundits even suggested that the bad PR would cause Mayer to back down. At the time, I suggested that it would be a bad idea.
Great leaders, male and female, do not cave to pressure.
If Mayer had been influenced by media commentary she would never have gained the respect of her employees. Had she given in, her days as CEO would have been numbered.
After all, her job is to run Yahoo! Most of those who were commenting in the media have no idea of what is involved in being a CEO.
A recent event suggests that, like the other Iron Lady, Mayer is made of sturdier stuff.
After Yahoo! announced its ban, a long-time and productive employee put in a request to continue to work from home. Yahoo! refused the request and eliminated his job.
Rocco Pendola reported on the story:
Here's how, according to my source, it turned out:
They reviewed [this employee's] case. It went up through a process. And, they denied [the employee's] request. I'm sure [the employee] didn't quit. They eliminated [the employee's] role with an end date.
At least in this particular case -- of a productive Yahoo! veteran -- Marissa Mayer says, you don't want to work in the office, we no longer require your services. No unemployment. Most likely a severance. And what appears to be a relatively cold goodbye.
Marissa Mayer is not playing around as she guts the bloated ranks at Yahoo!, even if she has to cut bodies not necessarily contributing to the bloat.