Yahoo bans employees from working from home
According to an internal memo that was leaked this week, employees must come in to work all the time. So anyone who worked remotely on hours that suited their lifestyle must come in to the office for that 9-to-5 grind.
What’s problematic with the new HR mandate is that several employees at Yahoo were able to work from home. Others were able to work a day or two a week from their residence, in the interest of maintaining a work-life balance.
The leaked memo says Yahoo is doing this because “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”
Waiting at home for the cable guy? “Please use your best judgement,” suggests the memo.
Is the new policy that restricts workplace flexibility going to be any good for productivity and morale? Probably not, experts say.
One workforce consultant told Bloomberg: “Mayer has taken a giant leap backward.”
Jody Thompson from CultureRx goes on to say that this will lead to workers showing up just to put in their time.
Meanwhile, an article from Forbes stresses the benefits of workers having a strong physical community, where they can collaborate face-to-face rather than pixel-to-pixel.
Even business tycoon Richard Branson slammed Yahoo’s new stance in a post on his blog, saying CEO Mayer’s new policy on working remotely is “perplexing.”
“Working life isn't 9-5 any more,” Branson writes. “The world is connected. Companies that do not embrace this are missing a trick.”
What do you think? Is Yahoo taking a step in the right direction or is this move a bad one?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gagdgets