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  •  True but (16+ / 0-)

    this is Yahoo. It is a purely internet business. They likely have employees all over the place, perhaps not even in the same state as the office they're expected to suddenly show up at.

    In that situation, telecomuting is the perfect solution for everybody. You can hire good people who can work for less because they don't live in that high priced area, you can hire those who are excellent, skilled workers but who have a disability that makes getting to or being in an office difficult, and you can have a larger workforce than can fit in your expensive office building.

    Remember, they don't have a physical product. It's ALL online. There's no real reason for ANYBODY to show up at an arbitrary place.

    •  That's why this is soooo ironic, mmacdDE (6+ / 0-)

      You'd think that a network company like Yahoo could figure out how to use a distributed workforce model.

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

      by cassandracarolina on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:51:34 PM PST

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    •  Not true (9+ / 0-)
      t is a purely internet business. They likely have employees all over the place, perhaps not even in the same state as the office they're expected to suddenly show up at.

      Regardless of Yahoo being an internet business, it certainly helps to have members of the same team work in same office.  It's easier to have impromptu discussions to figure out how certain software should be designed, written, etc.  Videoconferencing might work but probably not to the same degree as having everyone in the same room with a whiteboard to write up ideas.

      •  This is true. Google didn't get to be so great (5+ / 0-)

        by telecommuting. It got people physically together in a collective, collaborative, CREATIVE environment.  Scientists work in labs- again, inter-communication critical to success.  Telecommuting is NOT for everyone.  I'm glad the diarist can work with the music on, but again, that is not for everyone.  Spontaneity is much more difficult (if not impossible) if people are not physically together. Color me as curmudgeonly if you must, but the virtual reality still pales next to the real one.
        Disclosure: I am an architect, so physical interaction with colleagues, consultants (engineers and builders) is critical to what we do.  But I cannot imagine any substitute for the "studio", whether as a student in university or working in an office.

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