Her latest action is to call in the chips for every single Yahoo employee…they must either show up at a Yahoo office for work starting in June or ship out. Ouch. This is the 21st century. And if Yahoo wants to be an innovative company, taking a step back 20 years won’t get them there very fast. In today’s world of virtual teams and remote workspaces (home offices, coffee shops, etc.), it won’t fly well with the dedicated, trusted, and talented workers that Yahoo hopefully employs. What makes matters worse is that many of the remote Yahoo employees affected are customer service representatives who will not benefit at all from the increased thought-sharing and face-to-face meetings that Yahoo says will happen and make them a tighter and more competitive company overall.
Here’s what’s wrong with the idea….