While 21st century America has been marred by stagnant growth in personal income, technology has nonetheless enabled greater benefits for workers. For instance, working parents have the option of staying at home. This has been particularly liberating for working mothers.
That is why Yahoo's recent decision to order telecommuters back to the office was greeted with such a loud chorus of boos. How could a technology company embrace such a backward-looking policy, critics asked. The answer has a lot to do with circumstances specific to Yahoo, the struggling "grandfather of Silicon Valley." And yet, the revelation of Yahoo's policy has sparked a greater conversation about the 21st century workplace.
Are workers more or less productive when they work from home? Is meeting face-to-face an essential ingredient in establishing an innovative company culture? We address these questions and others in today's lesson.