Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommunicating sparked a national debate over work-life balance (some of it taking place on this very site), yet one Yahoo employee is going to extreme lengths — thousands of miles of length, to be exact — to fulfill Mayer’s wish of having “all hands on deck.” Jacqueline Reses, Yahoo!’s Executive Vice President of People and Development, commutes 6,000 miles a week to the office. (And here I was grumbling about how slow the N train is…)
Every week, Reses travels from her home in New York’s West Village to Yahoo!’s sprawling campus in Sunnyvale, California. While the human resources director could just work from Yahoo!’s satellite office in New York, Reses chooses to make the laborious round trip, perhaps because she co-wrote the controversial telecommunication ban with Mayer. Yup; the mother-of-three who travels 6,000 miles each week to work is partially responsible for the now infamous Yahoo! memo.
Reses is a living example of Mayer’s new Yahoo! philosophy: in order to revitalize a company and create a culture of collaboration and innovation, employees have to report to work, no matter the inconvenience.