Back To the Stone Age? New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Working From Home
New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has decreed there will be no more working from home for Yahoo staff. A company memo leaked to the press on Friday announced that Yahoo employees would no longer be permitted to work remotely. The decision seems to be based on a desire for increased productivity and a more connected company culture. It reads in part: 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. Hundreds of remote workers were asked to report to the office beginning June 1. If they can’t or don't want to, too bad. Even occasional flexibility is being discouraged. The memo reads, "For the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration."