Telecommuting hot topic after Yahoo CEO nixes it

The web exploded Wednesday morning with news that Yahoo CEO told employees no more telecommuting.

CEO Marissa Mayer sent a memo to Yahoo employees saying she was instituting a no work from home policy. Everyone had an opinion.

NBC reported that 13.4 million people worked from home at least part-time during a typical week in 2010, and the number of telecommuters in computer, science and engineering fields increased by 69 percent between 2000 and 2010, numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Staffing agency Robert Half Technology, which specializes in placing employees in high tech jobs, said most people prefer to work onsite. But, flexible work schedules are a recruiting tool.

A survey of 3,300 employees, by Robert Half Technology, shows that three out of four information technology workers said remote working is an important option when they are considering a new job.

Most people prefer to work onsite — 74 percent. Among respondents who preferred working on-site, the majority indicated they appreciate the camaraderie involved with working face-to-face. Those who preferred working remotely, cited increased productivity due to fewer interruptions and the lack of a commute as the reasons for their preference.

2 Responses to Telecommuting hot topic after Yahoo CEO nixes it

  1. Let’s get this straight: The CEO of Yahoo, an INTERNET company, doesn’t believe in the INTERNET!

    Wow, what a flaming, flaming, flaming idiot. This HAS GOT TO BE the most stupidest thing out of a CEO’s mouth EVER!

    Here’s some more news headlines (suitable for David Letterman) :

    The CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, edicts all employees to ride horses to work.

    Steve Balmer edicts all Microsoft employees to only use paper and pencils.

    Larry Elison edicts all Oracle employees to use spreadsheets.

    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, edicts all employees to use trains on their vacation and business trips.
    – See more at: http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-fi-tn-yahoo-quality-of-life-ban-20130227/10#sthash.gxWtZNTu.dpuf

    joe
    February 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  2. Marissa Mayer is a very sharp engineer who helped guide Google to the top of the heap. Would not underestimate her ability to sense what the users are expecting, want – and what keeps them on the Yahoo site for longer periods which directly impacts advertising rates they can charge.

    There are times when ‘face time’ brings forth ideas and conversations that just cannot be had electronically.

    Rick Wehner
    March 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm