Yahoo! employess have found out that their days of working from home are now effectively over. In a memo addressed to the company's staff, the head of Yahoo!'s HR chief, Jackie Reses revealed CEO Marissa Meyer's new policy banning telecommuting across the company.
“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important," said Rees. "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,” Reses added. “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
Hundreds of Yahoo! employees now have to relocate their offices to their nearest Yahoo! outlet or quit by this June. Naturally this has provoked mixed responses from both Yahoo! employees and tech industry pundits alike. Charles Arthur writes on the Guardian Techblog that the mood of at least some company employees can be guessed, considering that despite the memeo being marked ""PROPRIETARY AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION – DO NOT FORWARD", it was forwarded to AllThingsD, who broke the story.
Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson said he was puzzled by the move. "Working life isn't 9-5 any more. The world is connected. Companies that do not embrace this are missing a trick," he said.
However, a report on Business Insider quotes a former Yahoo! engineer saying that the search engine company's new policy is a good idea, saying that telecommuting was open to a lot of abuse. ""It was a great way to get Y! to pay you while you put in minimal work and do your side startup," the source said.
Yahoo!'s UK press office declined to comment on whether staff here will be affected by the new policy.