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Yahoo! Issues New Policy & Bans Working From Home

Wait, what?

Is it 2013 or more like 1993?

According to an internal memo published by AllThingsD, a new policy implemented at Yahoo! on Friday requires all of its employees who work remotely to work on site at the company’s premises instead.

As per the piece, the memo from Jackie Reses, head of HR, explains, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

The memo continued:

“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. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Per the piece, move will impact several hundred employees but apparently the new policy applies to staffers who may work from home one or even two days a week.

Changes will officially occur this June. So what happens if employees don’t like it? Well, everyone must comply or quit.

It sounds like there was quite a bit of backlash mainly because they accepted their job offer in the first place under the assumption flexibility to work remotely was an option. One outraged employee told AllThingsD: “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.”

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