Yahoo says no to telecommuting

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has mandated that telecommuting employees will have to start working in office come June. In an internal memo that was obtained by All Things D, Mayer cited communication and collaboration as being important to the company becoming "the absolute best place to work."

Predictably, the move has drawn much attention due to the conventional wisdom that technology makes it easier for employees to work from home. A number of conspiracy theories have surfaced, including how Yahoo is looking to reduce its workforce by getting staffers unhappy with this development to leave voluntarily. Similarly, those who live too far away may simply have to go looking for other jobs.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, several hundred Yahoo employees work at home full time.

The truth may be more mundane than that though, if the gradual trend of firms restricting flexible-work arrangements is taken into consideration. Indeed, Mayer argued in the memo that "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."

Whatever the case, the decision and its effects will surely be closely watched in the months to come, and not just by management and human resource departments, but also by IT departments.

For more:
- check out this article at WSJ Blogs
- check out this article at Computerworld

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