Yahoo Will Require Telecommuters to Come into the Office Starting in June
February 25, 2013 8:12 AM
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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.
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
with it and Bing was underperforming and it appears that she is doing everything possible to improve Yahoo's performance.
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RE: Sounds like an attempt at downsizing
2/25/2013 10:56:11 AM
+1 to the advantages and disadvantages.
+ Don't have to face a 1+hr one-way daily commute.
+ Save a ton of money on gas/vehicle wear & tear.
+ Don't have to pack lunches or buy at the local "choke & puke" near the office.
+ Less people milling around my office so I can focus (see the other side of this coin below).
+You can be a slob and work in your jammies/skin if you want (as long as you don't do any video conferencing).
- Since all business meetings take place using your personal phone, it is unavailable to family members use.
- If you have small kids milling about the home can be a bigger distraction than co-workers.
- You often end up putting a LOT more time into your work -- often I pull 10-12 hour days when working at home whereas I can work a more 'normal 9-10 hrs if I go into the office. Burn-out is a big danger of working@home.
- No face time with your co-workers or employees.
- You really need a room your can disappear into for this to work.
RE: Sounds like an attempt at downsizing
2/25/2013 12:08:23 PM
With the right VoIP corporate phone system, you can make an iOS/Android device a softphone and make it appear as your desk phone using VPN. The technology has been around for more than 10 years.
Like others have said, what Yahoo is doing is a silent layoff. Even in my the traditionally in-person required companies, they are now allowing telecommuting and even telemedicine.
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