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Tandoori Roti

Every day we are exposed to a ridiculous amount of news that it becomes white noise to me. But Yahoo’s decision to end telecommuting did catch my attention. Eliminating an employees’ benefit is always a difficult and unpopular decision. But CEO, Marissa Mayer, has been in the spotlight of controversy since she announced she was pregnant. Both men and women criticized her if she could properly perform a high-demanding job while starting a family. In addition she faced the criticism on her ability to raise a child while being a CEO. I found this to be interesting because I do not remember hearing a man CEO being criticized when starting a family. Of course the controversy continued when announced she would only take two-weeks of maternity leave. I guess she is in a no-win situation. If she took her full maternity leave she would be criticized – when she reduced it – she was also criticized. Marissa is only 1 out of 42 female CEOs in the Fortune 1,000 biggest revenue companies. Plus the tech field is still male-dominated. (We need to get more women in the field but that is a separate posting!) I cannot imagine the pressure and scrutiny she is under for every decision made.

Then came the telecommuting decision. Yahoo must be experiencing serious problems to make a decision that risk a lot of your telecommuting employees quitting. I do have empathy for them if they joined the company specifically to work remotely. As of June, you need to come into the office every day even if it requires moving! Seems like a radical move to me but then again I do not know the depth of Yahoo’s problems. The most recent controversy is that Marissa, using her own money, is building a private nursery next to her office. Many people feel this is unfair if she is not providing the same opportunities for her employees. Right now I do not have a strong opinion on this matter. On one hand I understand the criticism of not having nurseries or day care for the employees’ children. However, A CEO typically works 7-days a week and dedicates a better part of her life to the company. But should that matter? If employees can no longer telecommute is it fair for her to have a personal nursery regardless of the hours worked?

I definitely will be following the impact of the telecommuting decision on Yahoos ability to rebound. So what are your thoughts on all the controversy with Marissa and Yahoo? Is she being treated differently or more harshly than a male CEO? Is eliminating telecommuting a bad decision or just the cost of turning around a company?

Now on to the food…

To complete our Indian dinner we tried Tandoori Roti, which is an oven roasted whole wheat flatbread. I do not have a point of comparison but per my research indicates when baking this flatbread it is done when puffed and golden brown. Instead of yeast, this flatbread has baking soda so it does not rise like the Naan flatbread. (At least mine did not.) It did “puff up” when baked and the brownish color comes from the type of whole wheat flour I use. In general, we preferred the Naan flatbread to this one because I made the Naan flatbread thicker and chewier than the traditional version.

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Canola Oil
2 1/2 tbsp Yogurt, plain, no-fat
1/2 cup Warm Water

Mix together dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Knead until the dough does not stick to the bowl. Depending upon the weather, you may need to add more flour or wet ingredients to make a proper dough.

Cover the bowl for about 2-hours. Knead the dough again and divide into 10-parts. Lightly press with your hands to flatten to about 4 – 5 inches. You may need to add extra flour to your hands or board to keep dough from sticking.

Preheat oven to broil setting. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and bake a few rotis at a time. When the rotis puff and turn golden brown turn over and broil until lightly brown. Serve warm with dinner – they are nice to dip into your sauce.

Check out some of my other versions of Indian recipes. Note – I do not claim they are authentic. 🙂

Butter Chicken
Basmati Rice With Spices
Chicken Curry with Precooked Masala
Ginger Honey Tea
Indian Spice Tea
Chicken Curry Soup

4 thoughts on “Yahoo eliminating telecommuting & my recipe for Tandoori Roti – Whole Wheat Flatbread

  1. fiammisday says:

    So interesting!!! Really a nice blog…Iìm foloowing you…a big kiss from Italy!!!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I love having a follower from Italy! I have never been to Italy but I love the food. Plus we enjoy watching the travel shows that go to Italy. What a beautiful country!

  2. I too am interested in following how the decisions made by Yahoo’s CEO will impact the company’s future path. Fresh of a three year stint as a Grad student in an MS in Leadership program, I’m surprised at some of the decisions Marissa Mayer has made. Every leader has a different style and incorporates different facets of leadership practices into their actions in different ways. As you noted, we don’t necessarily know all the details of Yahoo’s current struggles, but that being said, I think I would have done things differently.

    And your Tandoori recipe looks great. I may have to try it one day next week!

    1. Bernice says:

      How interesting. I also have my MS in Strategic Leadership. So when I heard about Marissa’s decision I have to admit I was rather surprised. My first thought is you never take away benefits, what will be the turnover impact, and what will be the overall negative impact. I do agree that face-to-face can be necessary for collaboration and to move things forward quickly. But many jobs work well for telecommuting and is it really necessary to bring them in-house. I thought at first she must have meant that the telecommuters would need to come into the office more often – but no… she really meant the program is going away. Plus her memo also stated to use your discretion when working at home because you are waiting for the plumber – in the spirit of collaboration. When so many companies are providing some level of flexibility it is a surprise to see it being taken away. Should be an interesting story to follow!

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