Yahoo work-from-home employees ban starting this June, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer orders

By on Feb 24, 2013 in Business, Internet, Technology, United States Comments

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly issued a new rule, stating that employees who are working from home will not be allowed anymore starting this June, and advised them to report directly in Yahoo offices. This new memo comes a day after the newly re-designed Yahoo homepage was unveiled.

As noted by All Things Digital on Friday, February 22, 2013, which obtained a full transcript of the Yahoo memo, Yahoo employees who are working remotely should relocate themselves to company facilities. This latest rule is being expected to affect several hundred employees, including customer service representatives.

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“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices…Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” A statement on the Yahoo memo reads, as addressed by Yahoo HR director Jackie Rees.

“Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices. If this impacts you, your management has already been in touch with next steps. And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration.” Yahoo added.

According to the report, which was written by Kara Swisher, there will be no exemption to the rule and employees who will not follow will be advised to quit from his job. However, there are some Yahoo employees who are not happy, noting that they initially thought they were hired to work with more flexibility.

“Even if that was what was previously agreed to with managers and HR, or was a part of the package to take a position, tough…It’s outrageous and a morale killer.” An anonymous Yahoo employee was quoted at

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