RE: Yahoo!'s telecommute policy

Subject: RE: Yahoo!'s telecommute policy
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com>
To: 'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:03:36 -0800

I'd be inclined to reserve judgment until seeing the results. Maybe she's on to something. Telecommuting is a boon in these times but there's something to be said for everybody being in proximity. We're all workers here not CEOs, so of course we want what's best for workers. But I'm interested to see if she can turn the company around. I've hated Yahoo for the longest time but I admit I do like their new front page -- nice design. I'm hoping she can do the job.


-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Keith Hood
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 8:35 AM
To: Cardimon, Craig; 'Anne Robotti'; 'TECHWR-L'
Subject: Yahoo!'s telecommute policy (was Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ))

Irony squared and cubed.  The CEO of a 21st century electronic company which makes money by enabling people to find things and take actions over the internet, insisting on enforcing a process control model straight out of the 1940s.

I think it's likely that she is doing this because she is <i>hoping</i> it will cause a lot of people to jump ship.  She got the job by promising she'd make the company's margins better.  One way to make the numbers look better is to cut the head count.  This way she gets the same effect as a mass layoff without the bad publicity that a mass layoff would cause.  There will be some badmouthing from workers, of course, but it won't be the same scope and this way of downsizing is less likely to get the stock analysts worked up.

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