Working Together… From Home
Maybe it's the introvert in me. Maybe it's the nature of my job. But we cannot deny that for many of us, the magic of good work happens when we work apart, far from the corporate campuses, from the cubicle confines. It's not just me: plenty of studies report most companies see productivity boost when they allow employees to work from home at least sometimes.
For those of us who've made a successful go at the work-from-home life, it's been because we've been trusted enough to work where we work best, whether that be in an office, in a board room, at the coffee shop, in the spare bedroom, or on a park bench. Those of us who've successfully navigated the work-from-home waters have done so because we love our work, take pride in our work, and don't choose to work from home merely because it's cheaper or easier or cozier, but because we work better there. It's also been because we haven't lost sight of the need to work together or of the magic that happens when we spend time together. It's just that successful work-from-homers understand that this can look different.
Some of the "magic of togetherness" I experience happens from secret work-related Facebook groups, where we swap ideas and seek support. Other times it comes from Google (notice: not Yahoo) hangouts or emails or good old fashioned phone calls. Those of us who do well with the work-from-home life don't eschew togetherness, we just live it out in different ways.
If this hasn't been true for the Yahoos, I hope that going back to working from work gives them a fresh sense of togetherness and community. I hope it reinvigorates them and gives them new passion and spark. I hope Yahoo morale soars, despite this dictum and despite reports that Mayer built a nursery next to her office (working from home is out, but homing from work is in!). I hope the company survives and thrives.
But more than anything, I hope this doesn't restrict society's view on how or where good work happens. I hope companies continue to empower workers to do their best work, from wherever it's best done. And I hope employees continue to understand that no matter where we work, it's how we work that matters, and that our best stuff happens when we work together—as God created us to—in all the forms "together" takes.