The death of work at home?

Yahoo calls employees back to office, cites issues with communication, collaboration
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2013

In February, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer shocked employers worldwide when she issued an internal memo to her 11,500 employees banning telecommuting.

“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. We need to be one Yahoo! and that starts with physically being together,” said the memo, attributed to HR head Jacqueline Reses, which was widely leaked online.

Several unnamed ex-employees told the website Business Insider that a largely remote workforce at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo led to “people slacking off like crazy, not being available and spending a lot of time on non-Yahoo projects.”