One of the most highly debated topics around the water cooler today is not about the Oscars but instead the content of a leaked internal memo from Yahoo!, which bans telecommuting for its employees starting in June. The message, rolled out by CEO Marissa Mayer, is being met with much friction, both within the company and from numerous tech Websites.
The rule applies to several hundred employees, including those who only work from home once or twice a week, with a few exceptions. Even previous agreements for telecommuting will be re-evaluated.
"We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together," the memo reads. "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home."
While the concept of having everyone together, allowing for impromptu office chit chat and brainstorming over lunch or while grabbing a cup of coffee is a fine idea, many experts are still touting the importance of working remotely. That employee who stops by your desk with a brilliant idea could just as well being showing you pictures of their kids for the tenth time.
According to Laura Vanderkam, a columnist for CBS MoneyWatch, Yahoo! is wrong. They are trying to get the "turbo-productivity" that comes from working from home without the commute with the interaction and collaboration that comes with being close to colleagues. On top of that, Yahoo! has not told employees they can't answer emails after 5 p.m. or finish a report from home to meet deadline, indicating they do understand that working from home has a place.
While only time will tell how Yahoo!'s plan plays out, many companies are going the opposite direction and embracing telecommuting. With the help a VAR or MSP, companies can find the impactful talent they need to manage all the systems required for a successful telecommuting workforce.