Unless you're just 20 years old or less, it won't seem like all that long ago that Yahoo was the go to search engine and was used by many as their homepage. Then Google came along. Propelled by a better search algorithm and an email program possessing an anti-spam algorithm that to this day borders on magic. Any antispam is going to let a little spam through...the key is not to call anything spam that isn't, and in that regard Google may still be the best. It's so good that I no longer check.
Marissa Mayer was a key part of Google's success.
Mayer joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and was the company's first female engineer. During her 13 years with the company, she was an engineer, designer, product manager and executive. Mayer held key roles in Google Search, Google Images, Google News, Google Maps,Google Books, Google Product Search, Google Toolbar, iGoogle and Gmail. She also oversaw the layout of Google's famous, unadorned search homepage. In her final years with Google, she was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services and, before that, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience. (source)
Many women (and men) see her edict as an attack on working-at-home in general as well as the trend toward flexible work scheduling. Others say let's see what happens. Everyone knows that it is her job to save a dying company. Desperate times can call for desperate measures.
Will her policy drive Yahoo's best minds to leave (possibly to Google?) or will it cull out the slackers?
Is it temporary until the company is turned around?
Will it be liberal as the culture at Google is, with people allowed to bring children and pets to work?
What do you think? Can Yahoo be saved? Is this policy key to doing so? Or is it a big mistake?
More reading on the Marissa Mayer "no more telecommuting" policy at Yahoo:
One thing that seems to be missing from the "no work at home" edict at Yahoo is a "Let's wait and see" attitude. It's very divisive.
Particularly offended are Yahoo's telecommuting moms. They resent the fact that Marissa Mayer has her own nursery while they feel they're going to have to find nannies or day care for their children or quit. (I'm not so sure that Ms. Mayer won't provide in-house nurseries much as Google does). At any rate, they may be forgetting that Mayer is trying to SAVE their jobs and as such might deserve a perk they don't.
Ex-Yahoo employees say she's right, that a lot of telecommuting abuse was going on, with people collecting money for minimal work while they worked on their own projects, some of them using company confidential info to potentially compete against Yahoo.
Mayer's past tells us that if anyone knows what s/he is doing, it's her.
I doubt the wisdom of her directive.
Doug, I didn't really want a poll. I wanted some reasons for people's positions.