The pros and cons of “Working from Home” have been highly debated since this past February when Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer gave hundreds of employees a tough ultimatum — Yahoo! employees who regularly worked from home must now come into the office or quit.
At a recent conference, Mayer defended her decision saying, “…people are more productive when they’re alone, but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”
While there was certainly some pushback from many employees, I found it interesting that an outpouring of ex-Yahoos confessed that it was the right decision. Former Yahoo! ad tech executive Michael Katz summed it up best:
“The value in human interaction is greater collective wisdom as a result of improved communication & collaboration.”
As this Sunday’s BIG GAME fast approaches, I recalled an insightful article by recruitment industry “Hall of Famer,” Dr. John Sullivan, titled “10 Recruiting Lessons That You Can Learn From the Super Bowl.”
While the article is a few years old, Dr. Sullivan’s lessons that recruitment teams can learn from the Super Bowl, still ring true:
1) “Minor colleges” produce some of the best players on Super Bowl teams.
2) “Experience” isn’t required to become a Super Bowl head coach.
3) “Recruiting/draft systems” still need continuous improvement.
4) It takes organization-wide excellence to make the Super Bowl.
While it seems like the focus of every client planning meeting these days is on developing an effective social media strategy, it’s imperative that we don’t dismiss the tried and true methods of recruitment marketing that still serve as the foundation of a successful program.