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Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders, the online job-matching service for career-driven professionals. In addition to being a brand ambassador and spokesperson, she pens a weekly career advice column, Ask Amanda, which is shared with more than 5 million job seekers every Wednesday.

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Despite Mayer’s Beliefs, Telecommuting Has Its Benefits

by
Amanda Augustine
Feb 26, 2013, 6:57 pm ET

In a surprising move, it was announced on Friday that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has mandated a telecommuting ban for all employees, which will go into effect this July.

As a female professional and career coach, I am shocked by this turn of events. Mayer has been an icon for millions of working women who are constantly striving to strike the right balance between their responsibilities in the home and at the office. In fact, there have been numerous articles written about Mayer’s strategy to avoid employee burnout, such as letting employees like “soccer mom Katie” leave early on certain days to attend her kids’ soccer games, and then jump back online after the kids are in bed. By the looks of this decision, it sounds like Mayer has changed her tune.

Telecommuting is not a realistic option for all employees, but when used appropriately for the right people, it can be a win-win for both employers and employees. Catering to more than 33,000 employers, TheLadders works with an array of companies that offer flexible and remote work schedules to select employees, and judging from their results, I think it would be wise for more companies to follow suit. Here are five ways companies can benefit from offering telecommuting and other work-flexibility options to their teams. keep reading…