This may come as quite a bizarre announcement for most readers that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer issued a potent e-mail to the employees informing that "they have to find a way to be working in an office by June".

Most of the critics may see this as a odd move by a corporation that thrives on Internet and technology itself. The opinions still stand divided between the top brass of the corporation and the media critics.

While it is certainly going to be problematic for the scores of working mothers who juggle between the workplace and homes. While the executives stand by their boss in this move.

According to Michael Katz, a former ad tech executive at Yahoo, "working from home may be convenient for some but it represents a huge opportunity cost to the team, especially a team that's trying to turn things around".

It seems Mayer is a lady on a mission. Under her tenure, Yahoo has been in news lately for almost all the right reason if not for its popularity as a social media platform. To make an actual difference to the firm ratings and performance, the leash on the work culture needs to be tightened and Madam seems to be doing just that.

We weigh the pros and cons of this move and allow you to decide what's best. So here's our take:

1. Flexibility 

The move will surely annoy teh existing workforce, it is a perfect move to streamline the workforce between those who actually work and those who are simply lackaidaiscal. However, an in-house work force comes with no guarantees of assured productivity. If an employee cannot give quality performance, then the place of work doesn't really count. Being a technology-based company, Yahoo needs to upkeep the tenet of the industry- that of virtual connectivity.

2. Communication

Mayer's main point, we assume, could have been to improve the connectivity among its employees. However, as stated before a physical presence will not automatically convert in to productivity. The need is to practice a prudent mix of technologies rather than pushing employees for permanent desk jobs. That's a straight kill!

3. Management

The real focus of the Yahoo top brass, if they really want to turn the tables when it comes to improving their presence, should be on re-structuring its man-management skills. Be it team leaders, managers or even the various executives, they need to lead by example. And this order sure seems as a first move in this direction.

4. Feedback

An eminent industry analyst shares a tip that "One of the biggest shortcomings for large companies is the fact that feedback techniques haven't been updated despite the fact that technology enables the process to be completely transformed". The answer is self-evident. Technology is available but its smart usage is what is lacking when it comes to reviewing a firm's own methods and business strategy. A little self-criticism never kills. By publicly announcing this move, the Yahoo CEO has sent a strong message of where she wants to take the company.

The facts and views have been laid out plain and straight. We would love to hear your opinions now. Just get going...

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3 Responses to 'Marissa Mayer Turns Tables At Yahoo: No More Work-From-Home'

  1. Arnel Colar Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/02/marissa-mayer-turns-tables-at-yahoo-no.html?showComment=1362132659167#c6195296735484458748'> March 1, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    I'm sorry but I agree to Meyer's idea. Working at home will not bring benefits to the company's current state. It's best to bring these people closer together so they can come up with a decision worth noting and critical to the success of the company. This can't be done under a telecommuting environment. The office keeps us more focused, keeps our concentration running, and is free from distractions usually found at home. Which in my opinion, working in the office makes employees more productive.


  2. Ejunkieblog Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/02/marissa-mayer-turns-tables-at-yahoo-no.html?showComment=1362378788019#c3920204979150237777'> March 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Hey Arnel, glad that you caught our point bang on. We too believe that Meyer is a lady on a mission and agree with her decision to cut back on the "work-from-home" scheme. It just might improve Yahoo's dwindling popularity.


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