[Chugalug] Nashville vs Atlanta

Matt Keys mk6032 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 20 11:34:42 UTC 2013

I think that's a failure in management and not a symptom of 
telecommuting. If employees already work for a giant like yahoo and 
they're still working on side projects, that tells me either 1) the 
project they're working on sucks (mobile weather app, flickr, tumblr) 2) 
your not paying them enough or 3) you're doing a bad job of managing 
your subordinates workload, setting deadlines, etc. The stock price 
would likely still be dropping if it weren't for Alibaba.

On 08/19/2013 09:33 PM, James Nylen wrote:
> I think Marissa Mayer had a good reason for moving employees away from 
> telecommuting (they were not very engaged with their work, and were 
> working on side projects instead).  Of course, they also need to make 
> sure their employees become more interested in their work...
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 6:42 AM, Matt Keys <mk6032 at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:mk6032 at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>     Absolutely agree. I work for a unified communications company. By
>     using the software we sell we prove that statement every day.
>     Business is booming which IMO is a fantastic sign of the times
>     (we're hiring btw). All of our employees work remotely.
>     I get more work done remotely than any brick 'n mortar job would
>     ever get out of me simply because I don't have to go anywhere to
>     be at work. In a pro/con comparison that can also be a con but
>     it's way less painful and obvious than the cons usually found in
>     office jobs. Any IT company that argues otherwise is a fool
>     (Yahoo) and is destined to fall short of their competitors who do
>     embrace it. It recall it being obvious in higher education as well
>     -- if you don't offer degree programs online your enrollment
>     levels will fall short of those that do. With the technology
>     available today there's just no excuse unless your job is physical.
>     I also think it's environmentally irresponsible not to embrace
>     remote workers. Think of your carbon footprint driving that
>     ~200mi/day, the power consumed on those office lights, computers,
>     fax/printers, HVAC, etc. Georgia for example offers tax breaks to
>     companies that offer telecommuting to employees. Going back to the
>     Nashville vs Atlanta argument I don't think TN has done anything
>     like that yet.
>     On 08/15/2013 11:30 AM, Dustin Salter wrote:
>          Or as in most companies are realizing they get good
>         performance out of people telecommuting part time or full time.
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