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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
No more telecommuting for Yahoo workers effective this summer

Working from home is definitely not for everyone. For many people, working from home means more distractions and less productivity. For others, it means the ability to work your own hours and while still being an efficient employee. Yahoo has had a number of workers who work exclusively from home and CEO Marissa Mayer doesn't like that.

It surfaced late last week that Yahoo had told hundreds of workers that currently have work from home agreements in place that they have two options. One of those options is to stop working from home and begin coming into a Yahoo office effective in June. The other option for these work from home employees is to quit.

An e-mail marked proprietary and confidential has surfaced from Yahoo that says speed and quality are sacrificed when people work from home.

"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together," the memo reads.

It remains unclear what exactly will happen to some of Yahoo's remote workers who don't live near a Yahoo office. AllThingsD reports that Yahoo staffers have written in complaining that they were initially hired under the assumption that they would be able to work remotely with more flexibility. Yahoo has now changed and has given these workers an ultimatum to come to the office or work somewhere else. Yahoo has offered no official comment on the move at this time.

Mayer recently said that the search deal with it and Bing was underperforming and it appears that she is doing everything possible to improve Yahoo's performance.

Sources: Business Insider, AllThingsD

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RE: Sounds like an attempt at downsizing
By chmilz on 2/25/2013 10:41:04 AM , Rating: 5
Home office guy here. I'm the top sales guy in my company, with the most growth year after year, selling at the highest profit. My peers who chose to be based out of an office average 1/4 of my total sales, and make far less profit.

Why? They are micromanaged. They spend considerable time doing BS reporting to satisfy the boss who's up to his ears in paperwork 10ft away.

Do I goof off? You bet your ass I do (this post is a case in point). What I can tell you though is that I get a lot more done here than I did at the office since I don't have a constant stream of people coming by to chit-chat and waste my time.

Also, lunch is SOOOOOOO much better at home. It's not easy to toast a fresh sandwich while french pressing your favorite roast at the office...

RE: Sounds like an attempt at downsizing
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 11:15:22 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah but you're in sales. Way different than the average IT telecommute. You're motivated. If you don't sell (I'm assuming) you don't get paid (as much). You're obviously a very driven individual.

Why? They are micromanaged. They spend considerable time doing BS reporting to satisfy the boss who's up to his ears in paperwork 10ft away.

Exactly. I think it's a great thing that people can flourish in their comfort zones, as you have, due to technology.

I hope nobody thought I meant all telecommuters are slackers lol. Just the ones I know :)

By chmilz on 2/25/2013 11:31:48 AM , Rating: 4
I'm willing to bet that a lot of people offer the same productivity either way. The only difference is how the time is wasted. At the office you get nagged by 82 different people and get no work done. At home you screw the pooch and vacuum the house. No real difference if you only manage 40 minutes of honest work.

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