One small step for a woman, one giant leap backward for womankind: CEO Marissa Mayer is revoking all existing work-from-home arrangements at Yahoo. According to a report from All Things D, all employees will now be required to stay in the office, even if they have existing arrangements allowing them to work from home.
The memo comes from Yahoo’s head of HR, Jackie Reses, who writes that “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” In other words, get your butts back in the office. One manager tells Kara Swisher of All Things D that they were told there would be little flexibility. Even waiting for the cable guy is discouraged: “For the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration,” Reses wrote.
As CNET repots, the writing was on the wall when Mayer became CEO last year. Mayer made food in Yahoo’s cafeteria free, and changed the layout of many work spaces to encourage collaboration.
Swisher reports that employees are furious. “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,” he or she wrote. “It’s outrageous and a morale killer.”
Here’s the full memo:
YAHOO! PROPRIETARY AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION — DO NOT FORWARD
Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of great benefits and tools to make us more productive, efficient and fun. With the introduction of initiatives like FYI, Goals and PB&J, we want everyone to participate in our culture and contribute to the positive momentum. From Sunnyvale to Santa Monica, Bangalore to Beijing — I think we can all feel the energy and buzz in our offices.
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.
Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices. If this impacts you, your management has already been in touch with next steps. And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration. Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices
Thanks to all of you, we’ve already made remarkable progress as a company — and the best is yet to come.