With the announcement from Yahoo! recently that workers will no longer be allowed the option to work from home, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether this might signal a turning of the tide when it comes to telecommuting among tech companies. It’s especially weird given that most high tech companies have adopted this business model over the past 10 years, with many of those who work for them being flung all over the planet.
According to a report by NPR, Automattic, the company that controls blogging behemoth WordPress has 120 employees work from their homes in 26 countries. Yahoo!’s decision to have all its employees start showing back up to work in June, goes against the trend and seems to fly in the face of what many consider the freedom of the Internet. Techies don’t have to be located in the same room to do their jobs. It’s not like construction or manufacturing.
Yahoo! has kept mum on why it’s reversing its employment policy, citing only the belief that having everyone working from their separate locations has not allowed for the spontaneous interaction and possible brainstorms that can only come from human interaction.