Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yahoo! Says No More Working From Home!

Yahoo!'s CEO Marissa Mayer sent a memo to her employees this week stating there is going to be a ban on working from home. Yahoo! , which always allowed employees to work from home or from the office, made the move stating "more productivity" as the main reason. Angry workers leaked the company memo to the media.

This can be a tough situation for Mayer. I understand her thought process but there are several companies now running their offices from the CEOs home. For example, this article specifically cites the benefits of hiring companies run out of a person's home or keeping employees at home as having many benefits. But, Mayer strongly disagrees. She cited “what is right for Yahoo right now,” The New York Times reports.

There are benefits and negatives to every situation in life, including Yahoo!'s decision to recall employees back into the office. Employees can be watched more closely, especially if they are hourly. And, being in the office allows workers to become closer and brainstorm. But, the negatives can be costly. Having employees too close can lead to unwanted advances and potential legal situations. Also, office gossip is a huge distraction and so is requesting and approving PTO time.

I can see both sides of the argument. I am interested in what you, as a business owner or employee, have to say about this subject. Send me a DM on Twitter!


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