As it turns out, apparently CEO Marissa Mayer based the decision on a review of VPN logins which indicated that, in fact, the work-from-home crew wasn’t really working as much as the work-at-work crew, after all. They were not logging in enough, and that is the basis of the change in policy — a need for increased productivity.
As I noted in my earlier post, this can be an issue, and so this piece of news comes as hardly a surprise to me. Neither is the related bit of news that this change, rather than being a morale killer in general for people who work for Yahoo!, has actually been a morale booster for the majority who do not telecommute:
Likewise, we’re hearing from people close to Yahoo executives and employees that she made the right decision banning work from home.
“The employees at Yahoo are thrilled,” says one source close to the company.
“There isn’t massive uprising. The truth is, they’ve all been pissed off that people haven’t been working.”
Again, what I would expect to be the case. Telecommuting boosts morale for those who are working (often less) from home, while it hurts the morale of those who are working (often more) in the office. This underscores my belief that most of the whining about this on the internet has come from people who like to work from home themselves, knowing full well the costs and benefits of this to the company as a whole, and not from people who actually, you know, go to work every day.