Yahoo CEO reaffirms decision to prohibit telecommuting

When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced she was sacking the company's telecommuting program, her office deferred questions about the decision to a corporate spokesperson with a typical nonresponsive response about the matter: the company does not discuss internal matters.


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer broke her silence on the decision to scrap working from home for her staff at the Great Place to Work conference in Los Angeles, an ironic venue, since her telecommuting decision, in the eyes of many, made her company a little-less-great place to work.

Speaking at the forum for human resource professionals, she reiterated the company line on the telecommuting decision. "It's not what's right for Yahoo right now," she said, according to Fortune.

People are more productive when they're alone, she acknowledged, but they're more collaborative and innovative when they're together.

Nevertheless, Mayer's "what's right for Yahoo" defense sounded as hollow this week as it did then the move was leaked to the media by a Yahoo employee. How the 200 employees affected by the telecommuting decision were significantly impacting innovation at a company with a workforce of 12,000 raises more questions than Myers answered at the conference.

Why Mayer waited two months to comment publicly on her telecommuting decision is a question yet to be answered

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