With Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer‘s recent decision to ban working from home, the internet has exploded in discussions on the subject. For some, working from home is a necessity, especially in this time, where the line between our personal and professional lives are blurred. The internet is 24/7, and when working for an company like Yahoo, it can feel like those are the hours you keep. Sometimes working from home is the ONLY way you can maintain your work life balance and your sanity.
However, I can see how it could seriously impact a company when employees aren’t readily available. Missing out on impromptu meetings and brainstorming sessions can have an impact on a fast-moving company. Ideas need to be shared and vetted. Also, there are sure to be a few bad apples slacking off. No matter how unfair it may seem, it only takes a few people to take advantage of a work-from-home policy to ruin for everyone! It was recently brought to light that Mayer looked over VPN records and noted that many staffers weren’t logged in. I certainly hope she did more than that to look into the issue. When I worked from home, I rarely used the company’s VPN. I can see how others might want to use their own equipment so they can be more comfortable and thus, more efficient.
It will be interesting to see how this policy affects Yahoo. Will they see a mass exodus of employees going to more work-from-home friendly companies? Will Yahoo’s productivity improve? Will it be harder for them to recruit new employees?
How do you think this new policy will affect Yahoo? Would you work for a company that bans working from home outright?
I just returned from Kroger to purchase some last minute items for dinner tonight. To my surprise, I came across San Giorgio brand pasta. This is not something I normally find in NC, but my mind immediately went back to when I was child living on Long Island. San Giorgio pasta had a very memorable jingle, that went like,
“New York loves San Giorgio! Great spaghetti, in a great spaghetti town!”
The memory made me smile. I took a photo of the pasta with my iPhone and sent it to my mom. Then, I bought 3 times the amount that I actually needed for tonight!
A dear friend of mine who is no longer with us had a jingle for my website, Raleigh Specials Tonight. He simply put the words “Raleigh Specials Tonight” with the “Entertainment Tonight theme. It went like this:
“Raleigh Specials Tonight
Got some specials on sip, and there’s a special for youuuuu!”
There. Now you’ll never forget my site! Thanks, Newman!
- Can’t get it out of my head (lfpress.com)
Raleigh Online Media, LLC is now exclusively focused on creating websites featuring area drink and food specials along with local events. Inspired by the success of Raleigh Specials Tonight, ROM will be creating a host of new sites starting with Durham, NC and Charlotte, NC. Our goal is to have a site for every U.S. city, so stay tuned!
Yesterday, I posted about some domains I had for sale. I have worked with a couple of clients that did not know how to secure a domain for a website, so I thought I’d give a quick tutorial. It is very simple and you can obtain domains for as little as $7.99.
- Go to a website that sells domains. I use GoDaddy, but there is also Sedo or BuyDomains.com.
- Enter in the name of the domain you want to secure. Have a few back-ups and variations.(Ex. johnsmith.com, johngsmith.com, john-smith.com) I always try to secure the “.com” domain rather than “.net” or “.org”, so sometimes I will sacrifice the exact term that I want in order to get it.
- Click on “Buy” and follow the instructions to create an account and purchase the domain.
Boom, you own a domain!
Most sites that sell domains offer hosting services, but if you are just setting up a blog or a simple website, you can create a site using Blogger or WordPress and simply forward the domain to that site. GoDaddy also offers a free version of Website Tonight, a simple site building tool that you could use if you purchase a domain from them.