Marissa Mayer speaks during an announcement September 8, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MIDTOWN, Ga. -- In the midtown offices of Schroder Public Relations, Bailey is deep into her work day.
In a Buckhead home, Sarah Funderburk is deep into her work day for Schroder.
Both women have been given the choice - to work from home or in the office, so they do both, as it suits them, and their clients.
"I can just sit up and go to my desk which is right beside my bed." Funderburk remembers the days of working at an office monday through friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. "Sometimes if we left like ten minutes early they were like 'Oh, what are you doing?'"
Now, Sarah starts her days in her pajamas, breakfast in front of the computer. She says she feels like she works harder from home. "If we have a crisis or I get an early e-mail that needs something I don't have to worry about getting ready to go into the office, I can just sit up and go to my desk which is right beside my bed."
Firm owner Chris Schroder says, "I think it shows an enlightened and understanding attitude."
Schroder says telecommuting has been good for his business. "We trust them, it's good to have trustworthy people, but we also see the output. They're very productive while they're at home."
He says that going to the office can actually cost valuable time. "Chit chatting and getting your coffee and having your water and running down the hall or the stairs to go to the restroom, all that actually eats into your time. It's fun, it's good to build a culture and have a team, but actually it can be much more efficient to work from home."
The decision by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to ban telecommuting for the company's 13,000 employees earlier this week has started a dialogue. Many say she has taken working women's rights and sent them reeling backwards. Others say she is doing what's best for the company's bottom line.
Schroder says telecommuting is a practical reality in our traffic-clogged-obligation-filled world. He doesn't see Mayer's decision sparking a trend. "I think a lot of board rooms will look at this move and discuss it within the confines of their own board rooms. I think very few will follow suit and I think she will reverse decision."