Yahoo! Forces Stay-at-Home Staff into the Office

Yahoo! Forces Stay-at-Home Staff into the Office


Image: Wikimedia Commons BY JASMINE BAILEY 
ANCHOR MIKAH SARGENT 
Yahoo! employees who work remotely might
have to make the commute to work pretty soon.


All Things D has the email the company sent out
to stay-at-home staff. It said, among other things…


“To become the absolute
best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working
side-by-side… Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria
discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”


Yahoo! asks staff
members to make those arrangements by the beginning of June. And the newly implemented
change could affect hundreds of Yahoo employees.


Workers affected include customer service reps—
who never step foot in the office to get their work done, and employees who only work from
home a couple days a week.


This change is only one of many since Yahoo’s new CEO
Marissa Mayer was appointed in 2012. She also headed the release of a new version of Yahoo!
Mail and plans for Yahoo! to outsource some of its ad sales to Google.


But this
new policy has some employees questioning why a company that is supposed to be on technology’s
cutting edge is forcing its employees to adhere to a more traditional office rule.


Writing:

“The
new Yahoo policy for remote workers is incredibly myopic. And unfair.”

And: 
Most [The Next Web] TNW folks work outside
an office. Most of us have never even met. This Yahoo policy feels decrepit. We’ll
see.

And:

“My next door neighbor in Seattle worked for Yahoo — flew down every
month. Seemed wasteful. 


Yeah, they don’t seem too excited. Nevertheless, Yahoo’s
human resource head Jackie Reses says in the company email, “We need to be one Yahoo!,
and that starts with physically being together.”


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