In Defense of Marissa Mayer

March 15th, 2013

Another perspective on the controversial decision.

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has made waves…again…with her decision to rein in employees working from home, literally.

All Yahoos must now report to work, at work. Here’s the infamous memo and accompanying article from Silicon Valley news site AllThingsD.

Much has been said and written for and against (OK, mostly against), but here’s another perspective from ZocDoc CEO and Founder Cyrus Massoumi.

His article on LinkedIn essentially argues that if you create the right organizational culture, people will WANT to come into the office. At ZocDoc, he says, people do in part because of their Seven Core Values, four of which he shares:

GREAT PEOPLE: Smart, talented, worth spending time with.

-SPEAK UP: When you know your voice counts, you’re more likely to show up. Free lunch daily doesn’t hurt, either.

-OWN IT: Give employees responsibility and a sense of ownership.

-MAKE WORK FUN: ‘Nuff said.

The more I hear about employee engagement and the business results it drives, the more values like these seem like common sense. Get on board, all you stiff boardroom types.

And cut Marissa some slack.


Full disclosure: Deb Arnold, Ink. does consulting work for Yahoo!, though Mayer herself is not a client (yet); Cyrus Massoumi is a fellow 2003 graduate of Columbia Business School.


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