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Big topic this week about whether companies should allow employees to work from home obviously Yahoo! is Marisa Mayer.
Started the dialogue with her bombshell announcement the started June.
All going to be expected to show up at all is routes -- work somewhere else is a controversial -- generating heat.
And what's best for the company's bottom line -- was working from home progress or is that unproductive joining me now with both sides.
Are -- -- from the independent women's forum and Republican strategist -- -- on the -- -- welcome to the show.
You know this isn't really interesting test case for the rest the economy because it's someone standing up and saying listen this is an okay you're not here.
I don't know what you're really doing I don't know that you're working you're not talking to people in the hallways you know.
There are actual meetings and or something you know beneficial from actually physically being -- and she's saying.
If you're not here you don't have a job any longer -- wouldn't think about that.
Well I'm not gonna pretend like -- know more about what's better for Yahoo! than their CEO Marisa Mayer.
It's her choice that's her prerogative to -- that kind of strict workplace policy.
But I think he'll be in the state to suggest that overall working from home and makes workers less productive that's simply not true in fact.
A study from the University of Texas suggests that working from home this productivity and people who work from home spend five to seven hours more each week were down.
-- well I mean this becomes a women's issue.
You know whether we want -- to or not we would be -- addict there was a guy out here's I think this is a women's issue we would just off the -- but I'm a woman I'm gonna say it.
You know a lot of people work they say they're working from home because -- they don't have to and it you know paper -- -- makes it more manageable.
Whenever I have two little kids.
I can't get any work time at home because find -- they -- and -- You know does this -- is that the danger that this becomes you know like.
You're against women even though you are women just telling debate -- work you know coming from a woman's perspective you're not against women usually you know because.
I'm a woman that matter fact I'm just like you I've got a business of Alan and I run out of my house I've got to be honest sometimes the doorbell rings -- take a break take a break.
She is -- with what she's -- and you can tell she's on the right track with what she's staying because camaraderie there are ideas that term with other people in the workplace she's doing all right thank.
Yeah any stock -- went up 50%.
Yeah as if -- harder she sure rude she knows what she's staying she knew she was gonna catch -- you cannot call and and I tech you know dot com and industry and tell people with a lot of more -- home and you can't -- -- To come into the office without catching -- -- -- -- gonna meet -- media blitz.
Yeah how did but -- part of you know sort of a developing almost backlash move it where she's being.
Part -- you know saying you've got if you want a paycheck you need to show up in the office.
At the same time you have Sheryl Sandburg from FaceBook out -- the road.
She's promoting her book lenient where she -- and the basic thesis is like if you haven't gotten ahead in the world -- woman is because you are working hard and I mean that's basically the premise of a book and it's the same sort of no nonsense attitude.
That Marisa Mayer is putting out there as well is this part of a new a sort of you know almost being topped with people tough love as post being soft.
Well -- Saying because there's about twenty to thirty million people in the United States -- take advantage of some kind of work from home option even if it's just once a week and that number.
Has actually been boosted by more than 11% since 2008 so that is a fat that's certainly part of the evolution of the workplace isn't going away.
I think it's going -- I think that is actually the future because we're gonna see firms competing.
-- for the best and most talented workers and most workers men and women parents and non parents alike like to have a good work life balance so that was.
A place where am afraid -- who may be limiting themselves ultimately in the sense.
I mean have we what are we -- by forcing people to come in the office what do you Liz I mean do you not the arguments have been that you went up with more mediocre workers because there's lot of great people that would only work from home.
You know it destroys the environment is people are driving more what do you lose if you force people to come into the office and then alas -- -- responded that.
Right well there -- overhead costs when he need more office space to accommodate more workers more days per -- and the commuting costs of course you mentioned those.
Ultimately the flexibility that people have to be.
Around their families to spend more time juggling you know going to the store or doing your laundry at a time of -- that's more convenient for you vs.
Being on your email being -- here I -- constantly.
When you work from home you may not be in the process ever but that also means that your never really -- the clock -- -- 24 hour work cycle that comes along with.
Having that flexibility I'm not sure remember off the clock anywhere in don't know I don't think you are not wait we already have your Blackberry you have your computer with the -- -- -- -- -- we kind of have become a culture.
Where your boss does expect you to respond basically -- attack.
-- -- Melissa women worsening different hats or we're never off the clock so to speak you know married children whenever you have you are so many different -- of the women -- -- is not.
But I think that -- I do agree with the -- CEO and the fact that it does increase productivity because.
When I'm working for a candidate I raise money for candidates when I'm working for home -- in my own pace when I am when I have to -- -- this senator's office so to speak.
I am really forced him to participate in other areas where -- -- -- not have done that at home so I do think I do see what he's trying to do you know what I harder to do it what are bit if it doesn't work I can always send them home.
It's -- demonstrated shareholders you know what we it's great discussion thanks so much coming on.