Not in favor: This is an arrogant, hypocritical and short-sighted move. It is a knee jerk reaction and a step backwards that is bound to backfire. Yahoo will lose employees that they can’t afford to. The best ones need creative freedom and flexibility; they don’t like mandates. How can you innovate without the buy-in of your people? You can’t force them to give their best. You have to inspire that within them.
Survey after survey have proved that flexible work schedule enhance employee engagement, productivity and innovation. What inspires them most is a shared purpose with a common vision that is tied to bottom-line business success. Intellectual stimulation alone is not sufficient, leaders have to emotionally connect with and inspire the employees to give their best.
So how does a conscious leader and a conscious organization respond to the situation yahoo is in? First and foremost, a conscious leader works hard to earn the trust of her people. How? By telling the truth when it is hard! She is transparent, authentic, humble and self-confident, all at the same time. A conscious leader has the paradoxical ability to be self-confident in an uncertain environment and humility to reach out and seek input and feedback. How does this manifest in practice?
Facilitate collaboration: The conscious leader poses the question, what is the best way to improve innovation and teamwork? She then facilitates a no-holds-barred discussion. Various strategic options are presented and the pros and cons of each are debated vigorously. The best way to promote innovation and teamwork is through face-to-face interaction says one. No says another, the best way to promote innovation and teamwork is through collaboration and this can be achieved with a healthy balance of face-to-face and virtual interaction. So true, agrees another voice, creative work also requires focused and concentrated effort and this is many times difficult to achieve in an office environment, which can be prone to interruptions and longer than necessary water cooler chatter. Another one shouts excitedly, “I don’t care where I work; I am energized by the shared purpose and our team spirit.”