Is it better to take risks? Yes, of course it is. No, wait. I’ve changed my mind. It isn’t. Okay, some risks are good to take. Some, maybe not so much.
Corporate America is full of risk takers. I worked with several women that I would consider trailblazers. Women who weren’t afraid to challenge the system, to do things a new and different way, and to believe that risks should be taken.
Marissa Mayer is a risk taker
There are some executives that take risks that may not need to be taken. Like Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to have all of the Yahoo! employees work together in one big ol’ office building. While she says that it’s what is best for Yahoo! at this time, she appears to be unaware of the negative impact this will have on the lives of many of her employees. It may actually reduce productivity and increase corporate expenses. Employees will now be spending time commuting, instead of jumping on their computers before they’ve finished their first cup of coffee. The Texan often has his laptop open while eating breakfast, checking email and responding to co-worker’s and client’s questions. When he was commuting to Boston, he lost four hours each day that he could have been adding to the company’s bottom line.
Yahoo! claims that this is the right choice for their company, and perhaps it is. It turns out many of the yahoos working for Yahoo! weren’t working at all. But, for those who were working and doing what was expected of them, they’re losing a privilege and huge chunks of their lives. The work life balance is being challenged. I feel for those Yahoo! employees who will now be forced to return to the office, to spend money on lunches, fuel, and dry cleaning.
Though I may not agree with her, I do admire her for making such a gutsy move. She is blazing her own trail and doing what she believes is best for the future of Yahoo!. I will be watching this story unfold and wondering what it would be like to be an employee where the entire corporate culture experiences such a major overhaul in a fairly short amount of time.
Do you think Marissa Mayer is a risk taker? How would you feel if you were a Yahoo! employee?
This post was written as part of BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo March 2013 challenge. Today’s prompt was “Do you think it’s better to play it safe or to take risks?” Sign ups to participate in this month’s Blog Roll are open through March 5. You can still check out the participating bloggers and the daily prompts. Daily writing prompts can often become a great source of inspiration and encourage you to write about things you haven’t previously explored.