Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, slammed Mayer’s choice saying, “Working life isn’t 9-5 anymore,” and called the move, “a backwards step in an age when remote working is easier and more effective.” Terri Griffith, professor at Santa Clara University and published author feels that the lack of innovation is not simply the result of a work from home program saying, “You can't drop in a flexible work program and expect a turnaround. Nor can you pull back from flexible work and expect to kickstart innovation.” It is Griffith’s opinion that greatness comes from the right amount of focus is given to the various systems; organizational, employee, and technological.
A recent Gallup Poll suggests that telecommuting has the ability to be both an asset to a company as well as detrimental dependent upon the amount of time spent telecommuting. According to the poll people who telecommuted 20% of the time or less were engaged and enthusiastic; however, telecommuting more than 20% of the time showed decreases in both areas. Apparently 20% of the time is the threshold so perhaps instead of killing this work flex option; she should have just reduced the amount of telecommuting time.
What are your thoughts on teleworking? Does telecommuting kill creativity and innovation?