Yahoo! CEO Orders Workers to Come to the Office...What Do You Think?

There are a lot of work-at-home folks on the Peninsula employed by Yahoo! It appears that their telecommute is coming to an end.

While transportation managers and ecologists praise the work at home movement for its fuel savings, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer says it is hurting creativity.

Mayer, whose company pioneered the concept of having the world of information at your fingertips, is now ordering those fingers to come to the office fulltime by June. Mayer joined Yahoo! last April after reaching the higher airs of Google.

She set an example against working from home by taking only two weeks of maternity leave after giving birth to her first child, son Macallister Bogue, on Sept. 30. She shocked some by saying that raising her first child was "easy."

Now she's cracked the whip for Yahoo's 14,000 employees, saying they are missing the creativity and water cooler collaboration that comes with working in an office. 

The director of Santa Cruz's People Power, an alternative transportation group, wasn't happy about the news.

"Telecommuting helps reduce vehicle miles graveled and is a policy that helps rather than detracts form our environmental goals," said Amelia Conlen. "It's a policy we support."

Mayer is the fourth CEO at Yahoo! in four years. 

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Pachuco Original February 26, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Only lazy idiots use the work from home excuse.
RM February 26, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Only complete jackasses make blanket statements like that, "Pachuco". I work from home and get exponentially more done at home than in the office, so your statement is simply ignorant and untrue. That being said, part of this new Yahoo strategy is to get people to quit. When people quit it's cheap and quiet. No bad PR for layoffs and no severances. You just cut your headcount costs without all of the drama. Yahoo is a bloated company, Marissa knows it, and this is one way of addressing that issue. Unfortunately she's in a little bubble, not aware that Yahoo's problems have absolutely nothing to do with people working from home or productivity or anything like that.
J Gih February 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Interaction through face-to-face is more productive than emailing each other, and hope the recipients have actually reading them. The X & Y generations need to wake up. Working from home is a privilege not an entitlement.


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