Although improving the bottom line at Yahoo was utmost in the minds of Yahoo’s board of directors when it first hired Marissa Mayer as their new CEO, the low morale at the company also needed fixing. One of Mayer’s plans to do this is to provide free lunches to her employees.
Thinking outside the box
While making more profits for Yahoo is job number one for Marissa Mayer, she also understands that happy employees means increased productivity and confidence in the company. One of her first acts as Yahoo’s newest CEO is to open the cafeteria doors to all employees and providing free lunches for them.
Although it may seem disconnected with her primary objective of making Yahoo a profitable company, it shows that she has an understanding that perks to the staff can make a big difference in the overall well-being of the company.
Mayer also announced that a new era of open communications would begin at Yahoo by having Friday afternoon all-staff meetings. Yahoo has been ruled by the traditional top-down hierarchy of management, but the new weekly gatherings are a way to break down the old barriers of how things used to be done at the company.
New work environments
According to several sources about all things Yahoo, Mayer also has plans to totally restructure the work environment for her employees by turning away from the traditional cubical setups to more collaborative working spaces. Yahoo buildings are also on the hit list for a makeover.
But its already been done
The cynics in Silicon Valley will already be noting that the measures Mayer are taking have already been in effect at Google for many years. Mayer, a former employee of Google, is certainly aware of this.
But at the heart of the matter is that employee appreciation is something that works, and although the accountants at Yahoo must be pulling their hair out over the increased expenditures Mayer is setting in place, Mayer sees this as an investment in the future for Yahoo’s success.
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