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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Working Remotely is productive
2/25/2013 11:43:00 AM
I work for a company that advocated working from home. For myself, I was allowed to work from home 5 days a week because I worked the night shit. There was no one in the office the times that I worked so there was no benefit for me to be in the office. Now I have to be in the office 4 days a week and allowed to work from home on the 5th day. I was told people needed to see my face. During the time I come into the office, people see my face for about 30 minutes. During those 30 minutes they don't even pay attention to me.
I know a lot of people can't work from home but for those that can, it's a great morale booster. The people who goof off working from home would goof off if they are in the office.
No rush hour commute, save gas, better on the environment
No distractions, more productive
Better life management
RE: Working Remotely is productive
2/25/2013 12:21:42 PM
My wife's employer is going through some of these discussions right now.
I can see how working at home has benefits (I did it myself, working in sales for an employer 3,000 miles away for a while). But there are also needs for everyone to be in one place from time to time. It promotes the corporate culture, the feeling of "we're all in this boat together." And of course there are jobs that require constant contact with others within the company. The only question in my mind is what is the proper mix of both.
One exception I could see to the "shared experience" concept is if you're paid based on output and the job doesn't require much interaction with peers. I have a friend who does medical billing for a huge insurance company; she reads the doctor's diagnosis codes and decides what to pay. It's all straightforward and she works out of her home with two enormous LCD monitors and a broadband line.
RE: Working Remotely is productive
2/25/2013 12:23:10 PM
In your situation, I think working from home or the office wouldn't make a difference, but I'm sure that's not the types of positions Yahoo is targeting.
Also take into consideration, they probably are just enforcing a blanket rule to avoid the, "why does he get to work from home and I don't," questions.
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