What do you think of Yahoo’s decision to ban working from home?

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In this week's 'Searchlight', the SearchCIO team looked at Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer and her decision to ban employees from working at home. Many experts, including Washington Post blogger Dominic Basulto, say this is a huge gamble for Mayer and could have crippling effects on the company. What do you think of her decision? What impact will it have on the company?

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It’s been proven time and again that telecommuting is great for worker productivity and morale. Telecommuting is better for the environment too (what’s the global warming crowd going to think!?). Perhaps Marissa Mayer and the other decision makers at Yahoo have some bigger plans. They’re smart people and may have good reason based on information we outsiders don’t know about. I still suspect it’s a case of desperate times call for desperate measures.

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  • TomLiotta
    If the memo was in response to the problems that were reported, it could easily be the best course. It's probably been 10 years since I've had any good experiences with "Yahoo!". I consciously avoid it, especially anything of theirs that might get installed on any system within my control. Maybe this is a first step in getting things back into a decent condition. -- Tom
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  • ToddN2000
    The main reason I have been given by employers is most employess will not put in a full 8 hours. There are to many distractions at home. I find that to be fairly reasonable. On the flip side I work in the office about 9 hours a day and probably another 5-8 from home over the course of the week. As long as you see production out of those employees I see no reason why you cannot work from home. I wish we could because snowstorms in the northeast U.S. can make driving a VERY risky issue just getting to and from work.
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  • orangehat
    I've worked from home for over 15 years under 3 different bosses with no issues. Is the work being done is the bottom line question.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    I'll be curious to see how this works out for Yahoo. Even though she just started for Yahoo, this really could be a 'make or break' moment for Mayer. However, I know Google and other companies will be dying to take some of those employees away who don't like the new changes.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    I don't think Mr Denny would approve her decision either since he wrote that more people should work from home too.
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  • TomLiotta
    Overall, I agree that more work-from-home should be enabled across the work force. But that's not the same as asserting that the Yahoo policy is wrong for Yahoo at this time. -- Tom
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I'm of the belief that if you don't trust your users to work responsibly for 8+ hours a day from home then you have an HR problem that needs be resolved. Hire right, stay in touch, hold people accountable, and reward them for their accomplishments - do this and the people who shouldn't be there will be pretty obvious.
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