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Marissa Mayer’s Leadership: 10 Ways She’s Restoring Yahoo’s Fortunes

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Glad somebody doesn’t think she is an idiot, because I sure do. Hope Don Reisinger, who wrote the squid below, is only an investor and does not have to use the abomination of “mail” that she has created. Everytime I have to look at mail on YAHOO, it is more and more of a “super bad” experience. Have already talked about her little “trick” of not letting you sign out of her “wonderful” system: Marissa Mayer from Yahoo. I hope YOU don’t get HACKED

It all changes from day-to-day. They keep changing the size of the screen, but they don’t tell you how to scroll around this “huge” screen. I’m sorry, I read English but have not mastered “icons”. Why must I have to look all over for a “trash can” to get rid of SPAM? What was wrong with the words “delete” or “empty”? Every day there is something “new”, but does not add anything to just reading my mail.
But she does not care. The email systems have protected themselves so that it is not easy to swing an email “partner” over to a better system. I initiate all my “new” connections from great email system: PerfectInter.net
I just wish I could get rid of YAHOO for ever.
They are trying to change, but Yahoo will always offer a search service, see Mayer’s recent acquisitions.
PerfectInter.net offers search where paid ads are not the whole first page.

So Long, Telecommuting

Despite calls from some workers and managers for enterprises to support telecommuting, Marissa Mayer made a surprising move last year to eliminate telecommuting at Yahoo. The decision was based partly on her belief that more innovation can happen when everyone is in the office working together. Mayer was criticized for it. But Yahoo, a historically telecommuting-friendly company, is now quite the opposite.

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When Marissa Mayer was at Google, she was viewed as one of the fastest-rising and prominent executives at the company. Mayer started at Google in 1999 as the company’s 20th employee. An engineer, she quickly impressed her bosses and proved instrumental in the development of everything from Search to Google News to Google Maps. When Yahoo appointed Mayer CEO in July 2012, it wasn’t immediately clear how she would perform in a long-established Web company that that had spent years trying to return to growth after finding itself overshadowed by a burgeoning Google. But in short order, Mayer got a grip on Yahoo’s challenges. Yahoo started making major acquisitions and has restored investor interest in the company. (Yahoo’s shares have more than doubled since she took office). It’s perhaps too soon to say for sure that Mayer will be the person to lead Yahoo back to long-term prosperity, but so far, she has make a good start. At just 38 years old, she has plenty of time to make an even greater mark on Yahoo and the IT industry. Read on to learn more about what Mayer has done to lead Yahoo out from under her former employer’s shadow.

Remote Workers: Everybody but YAHOO! Loves Them

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There have been a couple of cool articles on remote workers on EC-BP.com

One is called “Remote Workers” and the other is “Contingent Workers

Now along to go against the rest of the World is YAHOO!

Yahoo told its employees Feb. 22 that as of June, they all need to come in to the office and work together. The policy change—which Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and other company executives hope will encourage team building and innovation—aroused countless debates and opinions, from the supportive to the offended. The decision also offered a new platform for companies that facilitate remote working—or telecommuting—to speak up. These companies, as debates over the last few days pointed out, have research on their side. It’s well documented that workers, when given the flexibility to work in the way they’re most comfortable—whether choosing their location or the devices they use—are more productive. For example, a 10-month Stanford study of a billion-dollar Chinese call center found that employees who worked from home took shorter breaks, fewer sick days, worked more hours and, on average, saved the company nearly as much as their respective annual salaries.  A January 2012 study that included decision makers from 19 countries found “progressive businesses—businesses that have enabled emerging mobile and consumer technologies and have established progressive policies and business processes to support them”—to be “54 percent more likely to report increased profits than businesses not leveraging these technologies, policies and processes.” Here are some of the solutions available to companies with flexible remote-working policies.

Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCO) Summit

Last Week I attended a Supply Chain Management show/conference and did not leave the comfort of my home. It seemed just like the real thing. But I had no long flight, no unfamiliar hotel, et al. It was the Chief Supply Chain Officers’ (CSCO) Summit, an online virtual event, presented by SCM World.

It was designed for executives responsible for designing and executing supply chain, procurement, operations and information systems and technology strategy for global manufacturers and retailers.  Attendees could network, learn and share best practice around the critical factors driving the strategic supply chain agenda across multiple industry sectors, without leaving the office.

Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/advisors/ec-bps-bloggers/1039-chief-supply-chain-officers-csco-summit?hitcount=0#ixzz2DQKJnStM

Contingent Workers

We used to call them “temps”. Some were remote workers. They didn’t usually have very glamorous jobs. They used to do things like maintain “legacy” systems. All this is changing; and it is being pushed by both the companies and the workers.

Go For Remote

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We have had a lot of interest this year in “remote workers”. Now is the time to talk more about the possibilities of extending this practice. We have the positive support of workers: they love the idea. Let’s address the data security people: my response is, as expected if you have read what I write, is the CLOUD. Now the immediate managers: it is no different than any other project you have managed (watch me, I will show you). Top level management: think of the savings in these huge buildings you have: funding a remote worker is less than your square foot charge to house him.

Required Attire for a Remote Workforce

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Ever wonder how your telecommuting colleagues really live? Turns out, many of them actually do work in their pajamas. They also tend to love their work-life balance – to the point where they’d take a pay cut to maintain the status quo. This is a “must read” for both remote workers and for their office-bound managers.

Remote workers fall into one or more of these classifications:

  1. Road Warrior (slang) a person who travels extensively on business.
  2. Telecommuter is a term used for corporate employees who work from home offices for at least part of their normal working time, using computers and other telecommunications equipment. They are usually considered as a separate category of worker from owners of home based businesses, consultants or other self-employed entrepreneurs who operate from home.
  3. Home worker who is not necessarily a corporate employee. Could be a consultant or other independent.

We concentrated on the have our own survey results from LinkedIn. Some of our questions are similar to those asked on surveys by CIO Insight and Staples, but some are different. We used several LinkedIn Groups involved with EDI,  Supply Chain, IT related and a “neutral” Group (university alumni). The questions (polls) we asked were: