Yahoo defends no-work-at-home policy

Yahoo is responding to criticism of a decision to ban employees from working at home, saying it's the right move for the company.
"This isn't a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo, right now," said a statement from a company spokesman late Tuesday.

The no-work-at-home policy has prompted widespread criticism since it was unveiled in an e-mail to employees on Monday from Jackie Reses, the new head of human resources at the company who was brought in by CEO Marissa Mayer.
"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side," said the e-mail. "That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices."
Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) did not say how many of the 11,500 employees currently work from home full time, saying it won't comment on "internal matters."
Many have criticized the move as damaging to morale, saying it could even chase away valuable employees.
"We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they're at their desk or in their kitchen," wrote Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson on his blog. "Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will."

Others have said that even if there is justification for the policy, the way it was announced, in an e-mail and without comment from Mayer or other executives, was a mistake.
"The new HR policy is shocking in its extreme measure and harsh delivery," wrote Fortune's Patricia Sellers. "The main problem is how the new rule got communicated."

Source: Yahoo

1 comment:

  1. Yahoo employees don't like the changes look for another job good luck because if something doesn't change you won’t have a job. Really not many businesses allow workers to work at home even more so if the company is losing money proof you are not doing your job well enough... If you work at home Tell me if you have children do you really get 40 hrs a week into your work children want attention and need feed and laundry needs done and house work unless you have a house cleaner, if you do get 40 how by locking yourself in a room all day and have a nanny so really you could go in to the office you won’t be losing any money and time with your children the only thing you save on is driving get over it that's why you have a car to go shopping, driving your kids around and drive to work... They didn't say they weren't a family supporting company if your child is sick take a vacation day like others do at other companies and nonprofits. My sister in law works for 4H for 18 yrs makes $45,000 a year this week will work 14 days straight and puts in 60+ hrs a week has night meetings 3 days a week travels to 5 counties and has two children if they are sick she has to take a vacation day she gets 21 vac days she also did this while her husband was deployed for 3 yrs (because the economy was so bad for jobs) in WI and now they took away work at home days. Her husband is Retired Army and couldn't find a job close to home only gets about $30, 000 a year travels about an hour one way and only gets 5 vac days a year and they are butt heads if he has to take a vac day if his children are sick or even a vac day to see them at an event at the fairgrounds for fair week they are involved in 4H. Our Soldiers and Sailors Male or Female married or single do this every day they are deployed in war zones and have to leave their children with family. Quite whining and see how the real world works. Why don’t you show Yahoo and find another job that way they can find a more productive worker and you can keep up the mediocre work to help another company lose business…