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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 tng on 2/25/2013 3:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
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It sounds like their middle management is weak
Maybe, but she does have valid points. I have noticed that most of the good ideas in our company occur when people get together as a group and just throw ideas out. These are never organized, planned meetings, just something that starts as a discussion over a cubicle wall or a couple of engineers talking at lunch.

I have also witnessed when input should be gathered from someone who is working from home, they are often excluded from the discussion, since nobody thinks to call them.


RE: Sounds like an attempt at downsizing
By xti on 2/26/2013 11:32:31 AM , Rating: 2
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I have also witnessed when input should be gathered from someone who is working from home, they are often excluded from the discussion, since nobody thinks to call them.


that is neither here nor there. if someone is a stakeholder in a meeting about X topic, a meeting invite should always include all people, a dial-in, and most of the time a webinar style connection (live meeting, etc).

And those it reaches can always forward to whom they think should be involved.

thats a simple concept anyone at a large corp should have tattoo'd in their brain from day 1.


By tng on 2/26/2013 3:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
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if someone is a stakeholder in a meeting about X topic, a meeting invite should always include all people
That is the problem, allot of meetings where I work are just brainstorming sessions (not an official meeting) there are often impromptu discussions about Customer X solution or Customer Y sale and it is surprising how many issues get solved this way. Unfortunately if you are out of the office (I am gone at least 50%) you are SOL as far as input on the topic.


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