The end of flexible working? Has Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer sounded the death knell for remote working?

The end of flexible working? Has Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer sounded the death knell for remote working? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – Flexible working arrangements including working from home have become the norm in today's technology‐rich business environment. While the virtual office has many demonstrable advantages, including reducing office space requirements and assisting workers who are parents or carers, this flexibility has its critics who cite disadvantages such as a lack of social interaction between employees and reduced creativity. Solutions include upgrading technology to facilitate online meetings and audio conferencing, and creating hubs where remote workers can work and socialize with fellow virtual office employees from different firms and organizations. Practical implications – The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to digest format. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategic Direction Emerald Publishing

The end of flexible working? Has Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer sounded the death knell for remote working?

Strategic Direction, Volume 29 (6): 3 – Jan 1, 2013

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0258-0543
DOI
10.1108/SD-05-2013-0021
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – Flexible working arrangements including working from home have become the norm in today's technology‐rich business environment. While the virtual office has many demonstrable advantages, including reducing office space requirements and assisting workers who are parents or carers, this flexibility has its critics who cite disadvantages such as a lack of social interaction between employees and reduced creativity. Solutions include upgrading technology to facilitate online meetings and audio conferencing, and creating hubs where remote workers can work and socialize with fellow virtual office employees from different firms and organizations. Practical implications – The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to digest format.

Journal

Strategic DirectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Remote workers; Flexible working; Technology; Innovation; Telecommuting; Virtual office; Remote working; Networking; Hubs; Creativity

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