Yahoo’s new CEO, Melissa Mayer, is eliminating the perk of working from home for Yahoo employees.
“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side,” reads the memo, as published by ATD’s Kara Swisher, to whom it was leaked.
Swisher reports that the change has rankled some workers who say they were hired with the understanding that their work locale would be flexible.
But perhaps they should have seen this coming. Last July, not long after becoming the struggling tech icon’s new CEO (and not long before touting Yahoo’s focus on mobile), former Googler Mayer announced that food in Yahoo’s URLs Cafe in its Sunnyvale HQ would thenceforth be free. Changes to the layout of the Yahoo buildings and individual employee work areas were also begun, to, as Swisher reported at the time, make them more “collaborative and cool.”