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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ellen Galinsky
Yahoo's leaked edict under CEO Marissa Mayer that calls remote workers back to the office lit the Twitterverse on fire, angering advocates of telecommuting and other programs intended to balance work and home life.
The recent recession may be leading more families to rely on family members — especially fathers — to care for young children, new federal data suggest.
But Galinsky said most companies offer flexibility because of benefits to the bottom line rather than a commitment to work-family balance.
"If you've got a performance issue with people, deal with that as a performance issue," Galinsky said. "If people are slacking off and not working, then deal with it that way. This was a blunt instrument."