Yahoo! CEO Orders Workers to Come to the Office ... What Do You Think?

There are a lot of work-at-home Los Gatans who are employed by Yahoo! and get to live here. What does this new direction mean for you?

While transportation managers and ecologists praise the work-at-home movement for its fuel savings, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer says it is hurting creativity.

Mayer, whose company pioneered the concept of having the world of information at your fingertips, is now ordering those fingers to come to the office fulltime by June. Mayer joined Yahoo! last April after reaching the higher airs of Google.

She set an example against working from home by taking only two weeks of maternity leave after giving birth to her first child, son Macallister Bogue, on Sept. 30. She shocked some by saying that raising her first child was "easy."

Now she's cracked the whip for Yahoo's 14,000 employees, saying they are missing the creativity and water cooler collaboration that comes with working in an office. 

The director of Santa Cruz's People Power, an alternative transportation group, wasn't happy about the news.

"Telecommuting helps reduce vehicle miles graveled and is a policy that helps rather than detracts form our environmental goals," said Amelia Conlen. "It's a policy we support."

Mayer is the fourth CEO at Yahoo! in four years. 

J Gih February 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM
She is correct about missing the creativity, water cooler and coffee station collaboration that comes with working in an office. Face-to-face is very much needed...
hans February 26, 2013 at 02:02 AM
um, yeah... nothing sparks creativity like standing around a water cooler. yahoo sucks. ya-boo.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 26, 2013 at 07:06 AM
I think they should only be allowed to work at home only when it's really needed.
Brian Hickman March 12, 2013 at 05:30 PM
For companies that live and die based on their ability to innovate faster than their competition, every possible measure should be taken to increase innovation and creativity. I personally telecommute 80% of the time. It doesn't impair my abilities too much because the nature of my work is solitary. For companies like Yahoo, that's just not true. They need to be constantly brainstorming. Kudos to their new CEO for recognizing that need.


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