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Why Marissa Mayer Told Remote Employees To Work In An Office ... Or Quit

Remote employees need to be working in Yahoo offices, by June.

Yahoo CEO marissa mayer at the world economic forum in davosOn Friday, Yahoo human resources boss Jackie Reses sent out a memo telling all remote employees that, by June, they needed to be working in Yahoo offices.

Anybody who couldn't, or wouldn't, should quit.

Reeses wrote: "Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices."

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Naturally, many of these remote employees are pretty sawed-off about the decision.

So, why did Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer make it?

We spoke with a source familiar with Mayer's thought process on the matter. Here is what that person told us:

  • Yahoo has a huge number of people of who work remotely – people who just never come in.
     
  • Many of these people "weren't productive," says this source.
     
  • "A lot of people hid. There were all these employees [working remotely] and nobody knew they were still at Yahoo."
     
  • These people aren't just Yahoo customer support reps. They're in all divisions, from marketing to engineering.

Continue reading at Business Insider.

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