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Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has decided that the company will no longer abide by its long-standing practice of using employees who telecommute to work each day.

Putting an end to pajama-clad employees working from the comfort of their own living rooms, the new policy is set to go into effect in June. News of the sea change was delivered in a memo sent by Jackie Reses, Yahoo!

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A good decision, I think. You lose so much allowing workers to work from home, at least full time. I've never been a fan of it.

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A good decision, I think. You lose so much allowing workers to work from home, at least full time. I've never been a fan of it.

I love working from home :)

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I would say, its not a good move. Companies like Yahoo can save big dollars on construction, leases and property taxes, since they may no longer need to build or rent larger offices or parking lots when they expand. Moreover, they can attract employees from a larger geography and retain top talent who

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I've telecommuted for most of the last nine years and wouldn't change it at all. Beats the heck out of driving an hour to an hour and a half one way each day. With my kids, I'm able to see them more, even if it's just when I'm getting a refill of water or lunch. From my current and previous employers perspective, I've worked out great as a telecommuting employee because I continually produce at a high level, which sounds like was not the case for a lot of Yahoo employees.

On the flip side, not going to an office everyday (or at all in my case), does have some drawbacks. Some of Yahoo's reasons are perfectly valid, but conference calls and group or one on one IMs can accomplish a great deal.

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We have a guy in our office who telecommutes one day a week, who just happens to be our head DBA (we're a software house). For that day, we pretty much presume he's skiving off for the day as it's a total waste of time trying to get him to do ANYthing. He's always either "too busy", or just doesn't answer on Communicator.

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I met a lady today, who was 'telecommuting' from McDonald's -- due to the snow. :laugh:

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Telecommuting does has its pros. Huge pros.

But too many people actually ABUSING working from home. That's the problem.

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Seems to me that your job isn't very important if you can telecommute. ;)

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Seems to me that your job isn't very important if you can telecommute. ;)

Maybe you should telecommute from the dark ages to the the real modern world eh? ;)

I work from home (telecommuting is one of those modern phrases that really irks me) for a handful of Media organisations and so long as you have all the right software and guidelines in place, it works flawlessly. If Yahoo! really think they were having a problem then they really weren't doing it right in the first place.

Working from home = greater productivity and is more efficient both financially and in terms of work done.

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Seems to me that your job isn't very important if you can telecommute. ;)

lolwut

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For one thing working from home it's better for the environment. Less emissions. Also with this crappy move some people would have 1.5hr+ commutes! This move from yahoo,etc would also create more traffic nitemares and problems and also the roads are in bad shape. working from home would cut down on wear-n-tear on vehicles.

For another thing working from home allows more people to still work and support elderly parents, kids, etc. Cuts down on childcare costs massively (hey didn't the chick that runs yahoo now just have a baby so she should understand this).

It also enables people to have jobs that are very talented at what they do but can't move due to family stuff or being tied down to a property they can't sell or whatever.

Also some people are more creative at home. Designers can't get inspiration from bleak cubicles or drab offices. Developers would have more distractions in these open concept offices where there are tons of distractions as well as people wandering by your desk asking "do you like turtles?" "do you like chocolate milk" "oooh! what's that?" "what does this do?" "oh you need to blah blah blah"... every 10 minutes... would you be able to code an application a fortune 500 relies on or software that runs critical stuff in a crazy environment like that??

Poo Poo on yahoo for doing this. They are on the way out like myspace anyways.

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For another thing working from home allows more people to still work and support elderly parents, kids, etc. Cuts down on childcare costs massively (hey didn't the chick that runs yahoo now just have a baby so she should understand this).

Your employer isn't paying you to look after kids or parents etc, they're paying you to work for them. if you're not, you're abusing the trust they put on you (and this is what a LOT of homeworkers do), and it's one of the main reasons why they're dropping it.

Also some people are more creative at home. Designers can't get inspiration from bleak cubicles or drab offices. Developers would have more distractions in these open concept offices where there are tons of distractions as well as people wandering by your desk asking "do you like turtles?" "do you like chocolate milk" "oooh! what's that?" "what does this do?" "oh you need to blah blah blah"... every 10 minutes... would you be able to code an application a fortune 500 relies on or software that runs critical stuff in a crazy environment like that??

Poo Poo on yahoo for doing this. They are on the way out like myspace anyways.

I work in an open plan office, for a software developer.. We have none of the "problems" you mention above. It's a largely quiet office where for the most part, people get on with their work. People do chat, but that's just normal and to be encouraged as everyone needs a few minutes downtime every now and then.

The one homeworker we have, who home works 1 day a week, we essentially consider him to just not be working that day.

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A sad day

I wish I could work from home, think of the overtime drinking beer. (if I drank)

(although technically as a truck driver, I'm not sure how work from home would work out :p )

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^you could try being un-manned drone pilot operator,

if the equipment & secure comm.line available at your house,

telecommuting there is.

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^you could try being un-manned drone pilot operator,

if the equipment & secure comm.line available at your house,

telecommuting there is.

you would get a medal as well. and a state park named after you.

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Your employer isn't paying you to look after kids or parents etc, they're paying you to work for them. if you're not, you're abusing the trust they put on you (and this is what a LOT of homeworkers do), and it's one of the main reasons why they're dropping it.

Took my other half ages to realise just because i was at home didn't mean i could go to the shop, look after the kid, do the cleaning etc.

A successful home worker is one that treats there working day the same as if they'd have commuted to an office.

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I worked at home for IPS and I didn't let anything bother me. I shut the door, put on my noise cancelling headphones and went to work. Had enough snacks in the room to get me through the few hours I'd sit down and had a good playlist going and I was good to go for hours.

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Seems to me that your job isn't very important if you can telecommute. ;)

That's not always true, I know, but I have find that true for many jobs. I want to feel needed, myself, and a part of the team. I can't do that from home.

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