Yahoo employees soon barred from working at home


Marissa Mayer, who became Yahoo's CEO last year, is requiring employees to no longer work from home.

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer has been making a lot of changes since taking over the reins of CEO last year, and her latest move will soon bar employees from working at home.

According to an internal memo leaked to AllThingsD's Kara Swisher, all employees must work from Yahoo facilities beginning in June. That move impacts not only those who worked from home full time, also those who may only work from home a day or two a week. Swisher claims the memo was sent to her by "a plethora of very irked Yahoo employees."

The memo, sent by Yahoo's head of HR, Jackie Reses, states that the company's employees "need to be working side-by-side" because of the importance of communication and collaboration in new initiatives. That includes not only Yahoo's domestic offices, but also its offices overseas.

"Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," Reses wrote. "We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."

Swisher claims many Yahoo employees are irate at the decree, with one emailing her to say, "Even if that was what was previously agreed to with managers and HR, or was a part of the package to take a position, tough. … It's outrageous and a morale killer."

While some technology companies such as Mayer's former employer Google strongly suggest employees work from the office, most have more flexibility. Microsoft, for instance, started a program in 2007 to get more employees to work from home, and a Microsoft Italy job page touts working from home as a benefit.

Source: AllThingsD via CNET | Image via Yahoo

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