When a pregnant Marissa Mayer took the reins at Yahoo!, I rejoiced. Could this be the dawn of a new era of family values? Apparently not, given her decree last week to eliminate any option for working from home.Ms. Mayer is too young to know the trials of motherhood in the Eighties. But I’m not. When I walked into a meeting five minutes late, the men glared as if to say, “If you can’t hack it, give your job to a man.”
Women my age have a visceral reaction to memories like these because they shaped their vision of motherhood. Truth be told, even women weren’t kind to other women who worked outside the home back them.
Fast-forward to 1996 when I started AKHIA. I had two young children and was tired of having to choose between them and my work. I decided to create a place that valued families. And today my company is a testament that the concept can work.
Many of our people have flex schedules, not only to better participate in their children’s lives, but to take classes or engage in other aspect of their lives. It works because its imbedded in our culture and we’ve installed measures that enable flexibility to exist without compromising customer service. It takes work, but it’s worth it to see your child’s face light up in the Christmas play. I know.
With today’s mobility-enabling technology, it’s silly, really, to hold onto the past. Companies that do will no longer attract the best and the brightest. Technology is changing everything, and the workplace should be no exception. If you want to see how it works, come visit us at AKHIA.