Perez Hilton is Legit a Dad, and Other “Whuuut?” Headlines

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

So I’m walking to my kid’s classroom to pick him up for the day when I pull my iPhone out to use the few remaining minutes I had before Mama Mode kicked it. Twitter check! It’s better than Farmville or Bedazzler City or whatever horrible games folks claim to be obsessed with on Facebook. (#irefuse.)

Anyway, so, me walking down the bright, clean hallway of The Youngster’s preschool when I see this tweet from xoJane:

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And that’s the moment I actually stumbled over my own feet. I believe I even said aloud: Whuuuut?! 

Perez Perez? Gossip blogger Perez?

Then I thought about it and said, with the required eye-roll: “Oh, brother. It’s probably a new puppy or something.” But then I clicked through and saw that, nope, we’re talking real live human baby.

Well, first, congratulations, Perez! Parenthood is all that you’ve heard and then another whole 27 chapters more. But I have to say, I never thought I’d see your name in that headline. Definitely raised my brow.

Another headline that gave me pause? This one from a few days ago about Yahoo’s new ban on working from home. Let’s say that slowly: Yahoo — an internet company — is now requiring all its workers to report to the office for duty.  Isn’t work/life balance still A Thing?

“Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” the HR memo stated. “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Bloggers, journalists, working parents, and moguls alike all went after the company calling the move antiquated, misguided, a morale killer, and has fired up the debate on telecommuting all over again. After days of bubbling controversy Yahoo finally responded with a statement that basically said: Calm down. This ain’t even about y’all. This is what works for us.

I don’t know. In one sense, I get it: This is a company trying to turn the ship around and revitalize itself, so whatever it takes. But then, how is taking options away from employees going to encourage them to stay aboard? The typical American working already feels largely powerless, why rub it in?

What say you? Is this work-from-home ban wise or wrong move? And, moreover, do you think Yahoo could be kicking off a trend?

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    Marcia says:

    Booooooo! Boo I say! Booooo! I can see what Yahoo is doing but to just take that option away is so…so…. so unfair! At least let there be some compensation. I pray this does NOT become a new trend. The US doesn’t know a thing about balance, siesta, or holidays. We work ourselves to the bone and then feel guilty when we take a much needed vacation. When will we incorporate balance for better productivity?

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      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Imma jump in your Booo-fest, Marcia. Booo! The idea of balance seems completely unattainable in this country, and this is more stuff to file in the Not Helping category. I recognize that this is one company trying to do better for themselves, but I cannot see how taking employee options off the table is conducive towards the betterment of anything. I wonder if they’ll bring back telecommuting option after a while — or after it’s maybe revealed that it’s not helping anything…?