Yahoo made news recently when it decided to pull work-from-home privileges from its employees. According to a story by USA Today, beginning in June, Yahoo workers will need to go into the office to take care of their daily workloads.
The news of a reversal in policy by this tech giant came as an unpleasant surprise to many of the 10 percent U.S. workers who work from home at least one day a week. Patch editors all work remotely.
According to the USA Today story, working remotely gives many who do so an affordable opportunity to work and raise children at the same time. Working remotely has been encouraged, in many instances, as a way to help cut down on pollution and traffic issues. With today’s high cost of gas and child care services, those who have become accustomed to it might not like the idea of any move to reverse the trend.
"It's the only thing that has made our lives remotely possible and affordable and sort of possible to raise kids," Lopa Pal, 36, an employee with the Greenbelt Alliance told USA Today." She went on to say that when she asked to work from home two days a week, her employer said he didn’t care if she worked from a beach in Tahiti, as long as she got the work done.
Yahoo reportedly said bringing workers into the office would make for greater collaboration and fun.
What do you think? Is it time to reverse the trend and bring employees back into offices? Do you think such a move would improve productively or just exacerbate traffic and pollution problems caused by busy commutes?