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Old 02-26-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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Working-from-Home: Does it work?

Some have proposed that working from home is the solution for Suburbanites with a long commute, and that this "rising" trend may save the suburbs at a time when they are threatened by rising oil prices.

So, I have to ask: Working-from-Home: Does it actually work out?

I am sure that many commuters like it, but now we have this new edict from Yahoo:

Yahoo chief calls for return to workstations

"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side to side," said a memo from Yahoo's CEO.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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Yahoo says get used to commuting again

According to the memo, company employees need "to be one" and that "starts with being physically together."



Work from home, virtual office, working off-site, no matter what name you give it, the flexibility of being able to stay home part (or all) of the time and still have a career is becoming more attractive for workers and employers alike.

Employees save on commuting costs, have more flexible work hours, and can more easily manage their home life.

Employers gain as well. Office space requirements are downsized, along with equipment needs, support services, employee cafeterias and more. When Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo (YHOO +0.14%) decreed that, starting in June, Yahoo! executives are banned from working from home, some of them became irritated ...
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"Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings," Rees added in the memo.

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/more: Yahoo says get used to commuting again- MSN Money
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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"Yahoo says get used to commuting again"

Or maybe the real message is : "Live closer to where you work"

WHERE exactly are Yahoo's offices?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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What drives the suburban population is good schools as well as larger house with more land. Also not all commuters esp. suburban car commuters are heading into the city. Many burbs have jobs and industries in their own right and even when public transit exsists it may not be geared towards getting you where you need to be. Metra for isntance is good at getting people to the loop, but what if you work elsewhere in the city of Chicago?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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If companies are going to insist that their work force commutes, they are going to have to think carefully about where their offices are located, and how convenient they are for public transport.

Ms Mayer may have to move Yahoo. In fact, that might be a good sign that she is coming to grips with Yahoo's real problems - not just making Grand Gestures

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:36 PM
 
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"Yahoo says get used to commuting again"

Or maybe the real message is : "Live closer to where you work"

WHERE exactly are Yahoo's offices?
Suburban San Jose

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&i...d=0CLIBEPwSMAA

So good news for all the suburban employees that live near by. Their commute is not going to be that long.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:40 PM
 
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If companies are going to insist that their work force commutes, they are going to have to think carefully about where their offices are located, and how convenient they are for public transport.
They already do. However only the largest of companies can afford offices in the more dense parts of the city and there is lots of other types of workers besides office commuters.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:39 PM
 
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They already do. However only the largest of companies can afford offices in the more dense parts of the city and there is lots of other types of workers besides office commuters.
In times gone by companies used to draw their workers from the city or town nearest their plant, factory, or manufacturing facility.

Example: I know a Gold mining company in SC who is hoping to hire mostly local people.

We may go back to the concept of a "company town"
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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In times gone by companies used to draw their workers from the city or town nearest their plant, factory, or manufacturing facility.

Example: I know a Gold mining company in SC who is hoping to hire mostly local people.

We may go back to the concept of a "company town"
I hope not lots of abuse in thoose. Ah the problem is that the transit may not be suitable for the work hours. Where I live not all buses and lines run 24 hours a day. People who are dependant on transit can not live anywhere and work any shift. People who drive can.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:40 AM
 
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I hope not lots of abuse in thoose. Ah the problem is that the transit may not be suitable for the work hours. Where I live not all buses and lines run 24 hours a day. People who are dependant on transit can not live anywhere and work any shift. People who drive can.
If the offices were better located (near transport) and the Transport network were bigger,
it would not be such a challenge to change jobs, and stay Carfree
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