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    Those who heed the call will typically be the more gifted, visionary, entrepreurial folks. They'll have no difficulty landing new jobs where their bright ideas, individuality, and flexibility will be seen as "features" rather than "bugs". They'll be the innovators that help Yahoo's competitors continue to eat Yahoo's lunch.
    In the short and short-sighted term, this may help Yahoo's bottom line look better.  But it won't actually help them better compete in the business world.  Those that remain will generally be less satisfied employees, with less incentive to go the extra mile for their company.  

    For about 2 1/2 years, I was self-employed.  This occurred after my son was born and I found myself absolutely hating being back in the office 9:00 to 5:00.  I was fortunate that a single client came along that needed me pretty much fulltime, but my hours could be flexible.  I could do a lot of the work late at night if I wanted.  We had a small condo, and I turned one of the bedrooms into my office.  The mornings could be leisurely - I would take my son to the babysitter by 8:30 or 9:00; I worked solid for about 5 hours, then picked him back up after his nap was over, spent the afternoons and evening with him; then back to work when he went to sleep.  

    My only problem was that I found it quite easy to become a hermit.  I didn't miss office interactions (aka politics and gossiping).  It was great, except for the self-employment taxes.

    I now work about 2 1/2 miles from my home, in a small two-person office.  It's as close to working on your own as possible :)  I was just counting my blessings this morning on my way to work - thankful to have a good employer, a lot of autonomy, a peaceful work environment, short commute, etc.  I'm sure I could have earned more if I'd stuck with a corporate job, but I doubt I would have been anywhere near as content as I am with my modest career.

    It's probably wrong but I hope Yahoo continues to slide, due to the dumbasses at the helm.

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      blueoregon, one of 8

      When the economy picks up, people will gravitate to employers who offer them not just challenging work and good compensation, but a lifestyle that enables them to thrive. Marissa Mayer may be taking advantage of the down economy to work her latest magic, but it's a day late and a dollar short. I hope for the sake of Yahoo employees caught in this ill-considered decision that they find better jobs with Yahoo's competitors.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:26:44 PM PST

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    •  the people who have options (2+ / 0-)
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      madhaus, cassandracarolina

      My impression is that when CEOs do things like this they think they are...I don't know...shaking up the slackers? Maybe dislodging the dead wood?

      The thing is, the people who quit are most likely the ones who have options. The people who have options are the ones with the most marketable skills. So sure, a CEO can make some people quit, it just might not be the people you want to quit.

      There is also a way of thinking that you often see in conservatives, though I have no idea what the Yahoo CEO's persuasions are. You can still have a system that works well even when there are some people who abuse the system. Nonetheless, a certain type of person is driven mad by the idea that someone is getting something they don't deserve. Ergo, to scratch that psychological itch the boss will punish the deserving and undeserving alike.  

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:21:47 PM PST

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