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Mar 6 2013   11:46AM GMT

YouTube IT video of the week: Yahoo bans telecommuting

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently made headlining news by discontinuing the company’s telecommuting policy and calling workers back to the office. Many experts believe this is a huge gamble for Mayer as other companies, such as Google and Apple, will be looking to swipe disgruntled employees away from Yahoo. PBS News Hour recently discussed Mayer’s decision and if it will help or hurt innovation.

Do you agree with Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting? Join the discussion in the forum or let us know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

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  • Chris Leonard
    As someone who works remotely, I think this is a terrible idea. The company I work for is in Massachusetts, while I live in New York. This is my full-time job, I'm not just a freelancer or contract worker.  If my company made this decision, I'd be looking for another job. 

    That Yahoo is saying this is needed to improve culture is questionable, as many recent studies and reports have shown that those who work from home are more productive and tuned in.

    The New York Times had an interesting article about this topic today.  Reading between the lines, the implication is that Ms. Meyer sees the employees of Yahoo as lazy and unproductive.  If that's the case, changing the culture at Yahoo will only do so much. Bringing in new employees might be the answer.  Maybe that is the goal here - get remote workers to quit and refill the positions in-house.

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