Yahoo Ends Home Workers

By Deane Barker on February 26, 2013

Yahoo Orders Home Workers Back to the Office: Interesting move from Yahoo here.

[…] Yahoo has made a surprise move: abolishing its work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to work in the office.

A memo explaining the policy change, from the company’s human resources department, says face-to-face interaction among employees fosters a more collaborative culture — a hallmark of Google’s approach to its business.

I can’t say I disagree. I know, I know – virtual employees are the hip thing and all, and I must be a stick-in-the-mud for wanting everyone in the same place, but I truly think that you lose something by not being face-to-face.

Incidental contact throughout the day gives birth to collaboration opportunities that you just don’t get when all contact is proactive, deliberate, planned, and task-oriented.