Yahoo employees have learned that the company will be eliminating the option to work at home that many workers enjoy in new CEO Melissa Mayer's latest move to turn things around for the struggling internet corporation.
The policy change is the latest in a series of moves the new CEO has made which seem to be helping the company overall. Mayer is currently more concerned with the company's home page than on how employees work from home.
Through Yahoo's human relations department, Mayer issued a memo calling for a more collaborative company culture. In June, yahoo plans to eliminate most work from home arrangements.
The announcement generated reaction on the streets and on social media, including complaints that Mayer, who recently gave birth to her first child, has her own office nursery.
"Very interesting, in case you have women working from home. If they have kids, day care issues, things like that," said Santa Clara resident Martin Kroen.
But analyst Tim Bajarin, the president of Creative Strategies, told KTVU Mayer is doing the right thing. He pointed out that side-by-side teamwork is needed for what yahoo wants and needs to do.
"'Providing better content, she's giving much more creative hand to the individuals who are creating that content and building all of the pieces that need to be there," said Bajarin.
Another prominent analyst agreed Mayer has been making the right moves until this work from home ban.
"The folks that will leave are the folks who can find a job someplace else, said analyst Rob Enderle. They're highly valuable. But they're the ones that they'll get rid of, so it really backfires."
Some people KTVU talked to said that the move was risky, but admitted Mayer may have a point about speed and efficiency being sacrificed at home.
"Working from home is a great thing, if you're able to accomplish the same type of objectives you have with the company," said one Santa Clara resident.
How much discussion will go on before the policy is put in place remains uncertain. Yahoo declined to comment, saying the policy change was an internal issue.
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