Beleaguered internet firm Yahoo! surprised many on Friday when it announced an end to working from home in the company.
In a memo widely leaked by disgruntled employees, Yahoo!’s Head of HR Jackie Reses explained:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.