Yahoo, one of the world's largest Internet giants, issued an edict telling its employees they will soon have to leave the comfort of their home computers and come into the office to work.
Technology website AllThingsD published the memo from Jackie Reses, head of Yahoo human resources, explaining the change in telecommuting policy takes effect in June.
"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices," the memo shows. "Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
The change in policy could hurt Yahoo's ability to lure talented developers and engineers, accustomed to working from their home offices, who might not be willing to relocate to the nearest Yahoo office.
Allowing employees to work from home also saves companies money. Cisco Systems "generated an estimated annual savings of $277 million in productivity by allowing employees to telecommute and telework," according to a 2009 study by the computer networking company.
A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that working from home results in higher morale, job satisfaction, and lower employee stress and turnover.
Reses explained in the memo that there will be exceptions to the rule.
"And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration," she wrote in the memo.
The end of the work-from-home practice appears to counter recent comments made by Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer about expanding the tech giant's mobile reach by personalizing web content and delivering it to people's mobile devices.
Yahoo made another bold move last week when it redesigned its homepage. It was the first redesign in four years. The new homepage features endless scrolling, a section of breaking news, and allows users the ability to remove content that doesn't interest them.