When Yahoo! issued a memo a week ago to call time on home working, they could hardly have imagined how much debate this would provoke.
When we reported the story on Monday, many of you were quick to comment with your thoughts on why Yahoo made this decision, and what it means for other organisations, and for the future of the digital workplace.
Within days, the story was picked up by mainstream news outlets, who questioned the logic of the decision for a high-tech business like Yahoo!
- Guardian: Yahoo chief bans working from home
- BBC: Teleworking – the myth of working from home
- Wall Street Journal: Yahoo ban on working from home is misguided
- Fox News Business: Mayer Mistake? Is Yahoo work-from-home ban a morale killer?
- ZDNet: Why Yahoo’s ‘no home working’ rule will lead us back into the office
Other business leaders quickly waded into the debate, most notably Richard Branson, who wrote a passionate blog post arguing employers should give people the freedom of where to work.
Yahoo!’s move also prompted several stories on how to make a success of home working, including this one in the Guardian. Our favourite, however, was this tongue-in-cheek version from the Daily Mash. More useful advice can be found in Martin White’s excellent research paper on managing virtual teams.Read More