Today Show: Yahoo Stops Telecommuting
One of the biggest technology companies in America, Yahoo, is putting an end to telecommuting this June according to an internal memo sent out last week from the new CEO of the company, Marissa Mayer. What most people are now wondering is whether or not this decision is going to influence other businesses to follow suit.
Melissa Potskin is one of those people who is wondering where her company might head in the future. Potskin, a mother, works from home and has been for some time. She said she is worried for other working mothers who have made their livelihood working from home and have grown accustomed to the benefits of not working in an office. As for herself, Potskin said her company lets her work from home because they “trust me and believe in me and know I can get the job done.”
Experts say it isn’t about a person not being able to complete the tasks they are given but more about the lack of speed and the lack of quality often put forth when working at home. They also say many companies are worried about the loss of control over their employees or the employees not wanting to be a bigger part of the company.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Telecommuting Was “Internal Matter”
Mayer sent out the memo to employees just seven months after taking over as CEO of the company and only four months after giving birth. Many telecommuting mothers thought Mayer would have done things a bit differently after she had her baby, but after taking only a two week maternity leave, it seems she isn’t on the side of very many mothers. Many of them are even pointing out her ability to build a nursery in her office, a luxury many other mothers can not afford.
But Mayer said it isn’t about the performance of the employees, only stating in the memo the decision to stop telecommuting at Yahoo was an “internal matter” and that the move “is right for Yahoo now.” It isn’t like she is taking away all the perks at Yahoo either. All employees get free meals on campus and iPhone 5s, perks offered at many other tech firms in Silicone Valley, perks Yahoo knows they need to keep to retain the best employees in such a demanding business.
But according to Potskin, Mayer “took us backwards.”
So what do you think? Can people be just as productive at home as they can at the office? Is telecommuting the wave of the future and Yahoo doesn’t see the big picture? Or are they doing the right thing? Let us know in the comments.