O2 slams Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's remote working veto

News 26 Feb, 2013

Yahoo chief’s ban on remote working will mean company misses out on ‘huge benefits’ of flexibility, telco claims.

Telco O2 has hit out at Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer after a leaked memo revealed she has banned employees from working remotely.

The memo indicates that all workers will have to submit to the regime, even if they currently spend most of their week working from home and relocate to Yahoo’s offices by June.

The document, signed by head of HR at Yahoo, states “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 present in our offices.

“Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together,” it adds.

However, O2, which describes itself as a strong advocate of flexible working, has poured scorn on Yahoo’s decision.

Ben Dowd, O2 business director, said: “In failing to embrace a flexible working culture, companies like Yahoo are missing out on huge benefits, both for their business and their staff.

"Our own research of over 2,000 UK employees and over 400 employers shows that three quarters of people say they are most productive when they can change when and where they work and one in ten even rate flexi-working as a more important benefit than their holiday allowance and salary."

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