With Telecommuting Ban, Mayer Dulls Yahoo's Cutting Edge Further - Page 2
Mayer's ban, beginning in June, not only affects employees wishing to make future arrangements; it also ends telecommuting for those who've had previous arrangements, for whatever reason. According to AllThingsD, Yahoo! managers say there is almost no wiggle room on this one, either. The word is loud and clear - come June, be physically at your desk or expect to be fired.
Many employees of Yahoo!, including those whose contributions have been important to its continued operation and future evolution in a competitive environment, are bewildered, as they were given flexibility to work from home when they joined Yahoo! years ago.
There's a variety of reasons people may have to work from home, including caring for an elderly live-in parent or physically or mentally challenged adult dependent child. Some have personal physical or mental challenges that make it easier to work alone or from home. Some employees of Yahoo!, like many who choose a job far away, simply cannot get out from under an inflated mortgage in a depressed real estate market.
Expect a wave of attrition at Yahoo!, as some of their most important employees are lured by forward-looking companies using cutting-edge technologies to build a close tribe across great distances. Perhaps Mayer foresees this move, and expects to be able to fill those empty seats with individuals who don't mind coming in to the office every day — particularly for any future fun perks the CEO wishes to put in place.
Maybe Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has all of her life's loose ends sewed up tight. A great daycare or a reliable nanny. A driver and company car. A private jet or two. Maybe she juggles it all personally - a hands-on wunderkind, albeit with a touch of hypocrisy — after all, Mayer took only a two week maternity leave followed by a period of telecommuting during her transition to her new position.
Mayer is trying to put together a 21st Century technology company using 19th Century workplace mentalities. If Mayer doesn't embrace new concepts for managing Yahoo!'s team (and loses too many critical employees), the new CEO just might oversee her former competition's continued downward spiral.
That well-known exclamation point at the end of the search and tech services company's long-held name? It's starting to look a lot more like a question mark these days.