Balancing act: Yahoo's decision shouldn't derail flexible work options

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  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    [Employees today are demanding better work-life balance, and employers will need to offer such options if they want to attract and retain the best workers.]

    I find that statement contradictory. The best worker is the one that wants to be at work, who enjoys their job, and wants to improve constantly. Even a talented employee, if they do their job well but don't love it, will never really be among the "best" workers.

    Yes, eventually many get burned out even with a job they loved at one point, but considering that Yahoo is in the technology/innovation industry, having young, motivated, energetic employees who are willing to work all the time for a few years is more important than having a satisfied, older employee who values "work-life balance".

    I know this isn't the case for all industries and I'm really not interested in how useful a good "work-life" balance is for other industries. Yahoo is in innovation, its an industry meant for the young, the enthusiastic, and the workaholics. If your goal in life is to spend more time with you family, friends, and non-work hobbies, you should probably find another industry.