Reading that article about her tremendous bonus (not that I make anywhere near that) it sounds like they know the game is up for Yahoo! and that it isn't going anywhere fast.
Basically they want to run out the clock, cut costs and turn it into a cash cow until it dies a natural death. So, yeah, you want a bean counter, not some brilliant "visionary" who's going to spend oodles of money in the hopes of finding some Next New Thing.
You might as well call all the troops in and make their lives miserable so they'll either settle in and be the type that likes listening to talk radio 45 minutes each way, or else, they will yell, scream, make a stand about how great it used to be when Yahoo! was real, and then take their previous 6 figure bonuses and go off and found a spice farm in Upper Volta.
I'd say that future looking companies and star Gen M employees will either demand telecommuting and/or want a state of the art campus cum theme park cum dorm room to make the deal worth their time.
Why even an office? Why not set up laptops on a picnic table and use wireless broadband?
Another idea I have is the Mobile Boss. So instead of 10 people driving in to meet with a manager, the manager would drive around to remote works..house calls..to see how things are going.
Employees can always gather in teams anywhere. How about meeting for lunch 2x a week? Or at the water slide? Or at a hotdog stand near a freeway off ramp?
It just seems that somewhere in between coming to work for 10 hours a day while they hover over your cubicle and going remote and disappearing into the void like Colonel Kurtz, there can be a playful, fun and productive amount of interaction.
I realize people have different types of jobs, but surely people -- colleagues and managers -- notice when their work isn't getting done?! I know in some positions you don't have to accomplish XYZ by the end of the day, but surely there are measurements for their tasks? And if not, why are their jobs necessary?
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