The Work From Home Debate

Yahoo’s Polarizing Announcement

This week, Yahoo sparked an uproar when they announced employees would no longer be allowed to work from home.  The company quickly followed up by saying they were not making a blanket statement about the efficacy of working from home overall,  rather just doing what was best for Yahoo at this time.

However, whether intentional or not, it has ignited a worldwide debate on work from home policies and, specifically, the impact on women in the workplace…


Adding to the debate is that Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, is a new mom herself.  And many are expressing outrage over the fact that she seems to be making it harder for moms to work at Yahoo – but is it really that simple?

Remote Control

In the case of many of us with kids, working from home helps us to have an outside career while still being a mother.  But the looming question remains: just because the flexibility of working from home might be better for those of us trying to balance families and jobs – is it always better for the company?

Face Time

It remains to be seen if this decision will really help Yahoo succeed.  But I do think as our society moves more and more towards remote workplaces and even remote university classrooms, Yahoo’s move has raised an important point about face to face interaction and its impact on the workplace – and it will be fascinating to see what the outcome is.

What do you think?  Should Yahoo reconsider this decision – or do you agree with them? 


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