Just recently, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer issued an edict to her young workforce of Yahoos mandating that they cut out virtual work arrangements and start showing up in person.
Mayer claims that the virtual arrangement is inefficient and that the work force needs to be more collaborative.
I asked Morley Winograd, author of Millennial Momentum and expert on Generation Y about whether the “collaborative” generation would respond well to Mayer’s ultimatum.
Winograd said that Yahoo should follow in the footsteps of rival Google which spent millions to expand what it calls the Googleplex campus. In others words, Google is trying to make the workplace such a great place that people will want to show up rather than telecommute.
Google is among only a handful of companies that understand the importance of motivating a changing work force. Yahoo is probably under financial pressure from its lenders to cut costs and gain efficiencies, but to call their employees back to work is likely to fail.
To motivate others, we have to give them the burning desire to do that which we are asking.
Mandates no longer work.
Threats to do it or else — as Yahoo is telling its workers — will backfire and their talent will migrate to more enlightened employers.
In fact, whether it’s work or home — with spouses, children or friends and family — making that which you are asking others to do more attractive is a virtual guarantee of cooperation.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” — Viktor Frankl, Mans Search for Meaning