Friday, September 20, 2013

A look at why Marissa Mayer banned working from home

In the summer of 2013, Yahoo's newly minted CEO Marissa Mayer instituted a policy for all staff members: no more working from home. According to Forbes, Mayer gave all work-from-home employees a few weeks to digest the information and ditch their home office workstations. If employees did not adhere to the new policy, they risked being fired.

"People are more productive when they're alone, but they're more collaborative and innovative when they're together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together," Mayer said at a press conference in Los Angeles, according to Business Insider.

The reason for Mayer's sudden and somewhat harsh decision? The source noted that after a few months as CEO, Mayer was frustrated at the amount of staff members who actually showed up to work. When she looked up statistics to see if they were checking in with supervisors, the results proved abysmal.

If your office policy is following a similar trend, you may need to look into business furniture. As rarely seen employees become accustomed to commuting everyday, you will inevitably need additional office cubicles and ergonomic chairs.

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