Management: The employer-employee power shift

Helen Brown

The next generation of employees has control of the workplace ecology and employers need to change the way they deal with staff to remain relevant and attractive. Helen Brown describes eight ways for companies to adapt to the demands of this new breed of employee.

The furore has died down now — in the way that modern media outrages often do. In fact, it seems like such a distant news story — but the symptoms that created this story are still with us.

What I'm talking about, of course, is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to stop the company's policy of allowing staff to work from home. To paraphrase the memo: "From now on, everyone will come into the office to work and if you don't like it you can leave."

The business, she argued, would do better when everyone was in the office, interacting in the canteen, chatting by the coffee machine and spending more time physically together.