Marissa Mayer, Telecommuting and Constructive Discharge

I've read a lot in the last few days about Marissa Mayer and her decree that people will no longer be able to telecommute. Opinions are running about 20-to-1 against her, when it may not have actually been her decision at all. She did, after all, recently hire a new head of HR, Jacqueline Reses, and it was her name on the leaked memo.

I'll keep this brief, because enough has been said on the topic, but to those of us familiar with the practice, this is so clearly a case of constructive discharge.  According to Wikipedia,
In employment law, constructive dismissal, also called constructive discharge, occurs when employees resign because their employer's behaviour (sic) has become so intolerable or heinous or made life so difficult that the employee has no choice but to resign. Since the resignation was not truly voluntary, it is in effect a termination. For example, when an employer makes life extremely difficult for an employee to attempt to have the employee resign rather than outright firing the employee, the employer is trying to effect a constructive discharge.
 The last CEO of Yahoo lost his job after he fired thousands of employees to try to improve the bottom line, so Mayer can't exactly do that again, can she? In fact, she is trying to get some of those people back. She does, however, have to get rid of some more people, so this is how she does it. If she forces them to quit by giving them a "choice" that is really no choice, Yahoo does not have to pay them unemployment. Yes, that's right. Mrs. Mayer is trying to fire hundreds of people and keep them from drawing unemployment on Yahoo's account.

She's doing a lot of other things that people aren't aware of too. At Yahoo Contributor Network, she has done away with programs that pay for contributor articles and replaced them with assignments which are literally "given" to Yahoo for exclusive rights with no pay. THEN the staff takes those articles and chops pieces out of them to create a compilation article which is promoted on one of Yahoo's major sites. Contributors who usually receive money for page views get nothing, zip, NADA for these compilations that use their words, because the gave those words away.

Sorry, maybe this isn't so short after all, but I don't like Marissa Mayer or the minions she has brought on board. She still has a lot of employees fooled, but one day, the rose-colored glasses will clear and they will see her for what she is -- someone who was blocked from rising to the highest levels of management at Google because she doesn't have what it takes, and someone who will likely not last long at Yahoo.

Gee, wonder where she will get free daycare then?


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