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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Employees From Working From Home

Marissa Mayer will require Yahoo employees to work in offices

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has informed hundreds of employees who work from home that they must either make the switch to working in offices or quit their jobs.

Business Insider learned Friday that Mayer, who became CEO in July of last year, gave remote Yahoo workers an ultimatum regarding their employment with the company. According to AllThingsD‘s Kate Swisher, who first broke the story, several Yahoo staffers were understandably upset about the decision because they felt were initially hired with the impression that they would have the flexibility to telecommute. Shortly after breaking the story, Swisheracquired the full confidential memo that was sent out. The memo 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.”

Remote employees would be required to start working in Yahoo offices beginning in June, and the memo assures staffers that “management has already been in touch with next steps.” However, this may prove difficult for employees who do not work near a Yahoo office, meaning they’ll have no choice but to quit or undertake a, potentially, long commute to the nearest office.

Mayer’s short tenure as Yahoo CEO has not been without its controversy. In September, she stated that she would be personally reviewing and approving every single application. While the decision made sense to some, others felt that waiting for Mayer to personally review some 15,000 applications would slow down the hiring process. However, those that are employed by the company have gotten new smartphones and free food, which may make the wait worth it to those who really want to work for Yahoo.

As far as Mayer’s ban on telecommuting, Yahoo has stated that it does not comment on internal matters, but it may not be long before the company is forced to address what is sure to be an unpopular decision for many employees.

Do you think Yahoo employees should be required to work in offices?

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11 Responses to “Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Employees From Working From Home”

  1. James C Gammage

    1) It has been proven, statistically and through studies that introverts do not perform well in an open-office setting around a bunch of people. That's why many introverts prefer to work from home or in settings where they can have their own space and/or offices. While society has given a negative connotation to introverts – quite the opposite is true. In psychological studies conducted concerning Introverts and Extroverts it was shown that extroverts are quick to act, then think about their actions a trend which lent toward higher rates of error and failure.

    2) This makes this woman sound like a micromanaging bitch. If I was part of that group of employees, I'd quit and recommend a mass exodus from the already subpar http://www.yahoo.com crowd – you know – seeing that no one says, "Hey, let me yahoo that."
    :)

    Good article though!

  2. Andrew Whitley

    Well, I disagree with you a little. Everyone can figure out how they work best, and it is a company with its own rules, so the ceo can change them.

    If that's not acceptable to some employees they find another job or build a better mousetrap.

    Most people will never have the option to work from home. I never will.

    And it's yahoo. A dead cat could make better products.

    You see a dick move, I see opportunity for badasses who want to work from home. Build a better mousetrap.

  3. James C Gammage

    To your earlier comment, if I was hired on to do work somewhere with the understanding, IN THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT, that I could stay home and telecommute (especially due to family considerations or other) – then… I was told a few years later that myself and many others' contracts were null and void… I'd be a bit pissed. Yahoo isn't the Army, where a new dickhead can roll in and make everyone's lives a living hell and no one be able to do anything about it. I'm sure their original statements of hire had provisions for their circumstances. Now she comes in and changes it.