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Yahoo Explains its Telecommuting Ban

February 27, 2013
By Robbie Pleasant, Virtual Office Contributor

You might have heard about Yahoo’s new policy that bans employees from working remotely. Yes, for all we say about the benefits of telecommuting and working from home, it seems not everyone is on board with the idea.

Yahoo has issued a statement declaring its lack of desire to discuss it. All that is really stated is that the company feels that this is what it needs. However, according to employees, it is an attempt to get Yahoo back into shape after a collapse in work ethic and motivation. If this costs them some employees, the company feels those ones aren’t worth keeping to begin with.

There is also concern that some employees have made too much use out of the freedom presented from working at home, and have been putting more effort into creating their own start-ups while on the clock for Yahoo.

According to business analysts, however, the fault lies not with the employees who are working from home, but the management that fails to keep them sufficiently occupied and productive. There has been some deterioration in the morale and quality of Yahoo since it began falling behind larger and hotter tech companies, which is difficult to recover from, but putting a tighter leash on the employees is not the way to go about it.

Now, I’ve written before on the benefits of working remotely. It allows for more freedom and mobility for employees, as well as letting them work at the times that suit them best without sacrificing commitments to family, health, etcetera. If Yahoo feels that by keeping its employees in the office at all times, it can better improve their work and motivation, I am inclined to disagree, but that’s for the company to decide. However, should the fault lie upon the management, then keeping the employees corralled up will do little to help that.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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