Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Now is the time to recruit top-notch tech talent!

I was very supportive of Marissa Mayer taking over as CEO of Yahoo.  Any time I see a young, vibrant woman take on a position of power in a field that is dominated by men, I feel happiness and pride.  However, I am no longer a fan of Ms. Mayer.  In fact, I think she is taking one huge step backwards for working mothers everywhere. 

According to reports, Ms. Mayer decreed this week that Yahoo employees will no longer be allowed to work from home.  At a tech company.  Where people spend most of their day sitting in front of computers.  Further enhancing the shock to employees is the fact that Ms. Mayer reportedly had a nursery built next to her office so that she can enjoy the luxury of bringing her own infant son to work with her.  Apparently she can't juggle the demands of placing an infant in daycare or with a nanny while she works long hours, but she expects her employees to make this work. 

Clearly this is just the next knife in Yahoo.  The company has had a dismal earnings track record as of late.  Let's face it- everyone uses Google.  I can't even remember the last time I typed the work "yahoo", other than maybe to describe the eccentric coworker who carried on full conversations with herself while she worked.  Yahoo's most recent earnings looked promising, but much of that was attributed to employee support of Ms. Mayer and her vision for the company.  Happy employees means more productive employees.  Now that Ms. Mayer has lost the trust and respect of many employees, how will Yahoo fare as a company? 

I do want to thank Ms. Mayer for one thing, however.  This entire debacle has brought work-life issues and the challenges faced by working parents to the forefront of discussion.  I hope that other companies will take advantage of this high-profile situation and announce more options for work-from-home positions.  After all, someone has to take in the top tech and business talent that flees Yahoo, right?  Facebook, Google, IBMApple - are you paying attention?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gluten-Free Toys? Yes, even Play-Doh is becoming allergy friendly!

I was excited to read this article today.  Turns out, celiac disease awareness organizations have made significant progress in persuading companies to create gluten-free versions of popular toys.  If you have a child with a gluten allergy, or are keeping your child gluten-free for other reasons, read the article and stay tuned for new versions of old toys that will be safe for your child.