“The issue is an interesting and controversial one,” Swisher said. “With some certain that working at home is the wave of the future, while others considering it hurtful to productivity.”
Jena McGregor, columnist for The Washington Post’s On Leadership section, found the mandatory report-to-the-office move ironic, especially from a Web company that touts its mobile strategy.
“Such a policy could very well hurt Yahoo’s chances at recruiting the most talented young developers, engineers and executive talent,” McGregor wrote. “After all, anyone who’s ever worked in a cubicle farm knows that while open floor plans might encourage collaboration, they also encourage hours of lost productivity.”
The “demand that Yahoo employees show up for work in person each day, rather than punch a virtual clock via telecommuting, has set off a fierce debate about the value of maintaining a remote workforce and has some of the company’s remote employees crying foul,” reported David Knowles of the New York Daily News.
This week’s Color of Money Question: Do you think working from home stifles creativity? Send your responses to email@example.com. Put “Yahoo” in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name, city and state in the subject line.
Family Financial Fights
Money can destroy any relationship, especially when it comes to family members.
In a recent column, I wrote about a daughter who wanted to know if her aging mother should pay for her grandson’s education.
Here’s what I wrote.
Does this type of financial conflict hit home for your family? If so, send me your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll give you some advice. Put “Family Financial Fights” in the subject line.
Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Decline
Last week, former Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds for his personal use. His wife, Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty to filing false income-tax returns.
For last week’s Color of Money Question, I asked: “Was it all about the money for the Jacksons?”
“Sadly, Mr. Jackson has fallen the way that so many in power do when they believe that the rules don’t apply to them whether it be a sex scandal or fraud,” wrote J. Minzes of Locust Grove, Va. “Perhaps Mr. Jackson does have mental issues, but Mrs. Jackson likely does not, nor do their friends, all of whom must have observed the lavish spending. In fact, if Mr. Jackson, in a bipolar episode, did spend lavishly, would he not have asked himself when he was more lucid, why he spent money that was not his and attempt to return the items? There is no excuse for the behavior that brought him to this point.”
Rebecca Wolfinger of Arlington, Va., wrote: “It’s unfair that people are not paying more attention to Jesse Jackson’s mental illness when they make comments about this issue, and instead ascribing his spending to deficits in his personal character. I think the average person has little experience with people with mental illnesses and little education about what different mental illnesses involve, and thus is ill-informed to make a valid judgment about why these events occurred.”
“A Mother’s Love”
In a recent Amy Ask column, advice columnist Amy Dickinson responded to a mother worried about the lack of ambition by her son.
Last week I asked you to play advice columnist and weigh in on what you would tell the mother.
Here are some of your responses:
“I’m missing something,” wrote Gayle Lynn Falkenthal of San Diego. “A woman is worried about her 21-year-old son who is employed full-time, not in jail, not in debt and hasn’t gotten a girl pregnant. He’s taking management courses through his employer and an online college course.
The mother needs to lighten up, Falkenthal wrote. “He’s only 21. He’s doing fine. I sense some snobbery about her son working in the fast food industry. Perhaps it embarrasses her because the children of her friends are all off at big-name colleges. Mom should set up a timetable for her son to move out on his own, but otherwise I find nothing to worry about.”
“I would charge room and board,” wrote Karen J Barbahen of Tinley Park, Ill. “This will give him a sense of responsibility.”
Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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