Does giving workers more freedom lead to a more successful company? Today on Down to Business English, Skip and Dez talk about Yahoo’s recent policy change regarding employees working from home.
Skip: Hello everyone this is Skip Montreux and welcome back to a new episode of Down to Business English. Back on our regular schedule again.
Dez: And this is Dez Morgan. It’s certainly good to be back. If I don’t talk to you every few weeks, I miss you Skip.
Skip: Well thank you Dez, and of course I miss you too. How are things anyway?
Dez: Busy actually, I’ve been doing IELTS testing every weekend over the last few weekends, which means that I don’t really get a weekend to relax.
Skip: That sounds tough. I too have been really busy at work planning new classes and making materials and tests to use. In fact I have been taking a lot of work home every night as well.
Dez: Yeah, me too. I have been taking work home as well to try and catch up.
Skip: Well welcome to my world Dez, but at least we don’t work for Yahoo.
Dez: Really why do you say that?
Skip: Well. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO has just banned working from home saying that the speed and quality of people’s work suffers when they work from home.
Dez: She was talking about people working from home during the working day I think.
Skip: She was, but her comments have opened a whole debate on whether it is better for people to work in an office, or at home at all times.
Dez: And I’m guessing that that’s our story for this week?
Skip: You would be guessing right then Dez.
Dez: So let’s do it. Let’s get D2B…Down to Business with Working from Home: Is it good for employers, good for employees, or perhaps good for both?