I was on Baltimore’s WBAL this morning talking about this week’s major workplace conversation topic: working from home.
Yahoo — under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer — just elected to cancel all work-from-home arrangements in the interest of becoming “one Yahoo.” I wrote over at CBS MoneyWatch that Yahoo is wrong: Working from home is productive. Later in the week, though, I wrote about Why Friday is the worst day to work from home. When people try to negotiate work-from-home agreements, they often ask for Friday first. I think there are some solid reasons to ask for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday instead — if you want to keep the focus on productivity (as opposed to whether your boss thinks you’re sneaking in a long weekend).
I also appreciated Cali Yost’s post that we should stop focusing on Marissa Mayer somehow being a traitor to the cause of working motherhood, and instead be thankful for this opportunity. The reality is that many companies cancel work-from-home policies and it never makes the news. Because it was Mayer, it did, and so we can now have a national conversation on this topic.
I also slipped in a piece at Fortune.com on 6 ways to survive your hellishly long commute for those Yahoo employees who now face one.
Now for some other links on various topics.
Gretchen Rubin wrote about the “broken window theory,” as applied to one’s personal life, over at the Happiness Project. In criminal justice, the broken windows theory means that when a community tolerates small, visible crimes (graffiti, turnstyle jumping) it sends the message that no one cares, and so criminals feel they can get away with bigger crimes. In Gretchen’s life, she writes that certain “broken windows” make her feel overwhelmed and out of sorts: unsorted mail, messy stacks of newspapers, cluttered counters.
My thinking, looking at this list, is that just as Gretchen has found that people often fall into two categories (“Satisficers” vs. “Optimizers”; “Moderators” vs. “Abstainers”), the universe should be divided into categories of people who are bothered by mess, and people who are not. To me, my unsorted mail — and whoa, is it unsorted! — just means that I haven’t sorted my mail. It has nothing to do with whether I finish my work projects on time, spend time playing with my kids, etc. See my old post Your cupboard is not a metaphor for life for more on this.
The Frugal Girl asked her readers for advice on how to talk with one’s spouse about money. There are some fascinating cautionary tales in the comments.
I am reading The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler. I’ll review it soon.
Kimberly FitzSimons learns to take control of her mornings.
Hilary of San Diego Moms writes about “Me-Time Guilt” and how she realized that just as kids need time to play — a philosophy she gets fully behind — adults need time to play too. That’s part of being human.
Mary Catherine Starr writes about 3 life lessons from my time makeover
Lenore Skenazy (Free Range Kids) runs a guest post about the iPad playdate (and an alternative)
I’m trying to carve out time these days to ponder what my next book topic will be. I want to come up with a Big Business Book idea, and so I have actually taken to calling it the BBB. The BBB turns out to be an elusive creature, in that I have to want to spend the next two years of my life thinking about it. Not many topics clear that hurdle. Ideas welcome!