Yahoo issued a statement Tuesday afternoon after five days of controversy sparked by a new policy saying that employees were no longer allowed to work from home.
In a memo leaked to tech blog All Things D, on Friday, Feb. 22, the company claimed “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” and “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”
The memo about the new rules, which will take effect in June, irked many employees who pointed out that CEO Marissa Mayer worked from home in the days after her son was born. They also argued that the new rules won’t hurt Mayer herself: she had the means to install a nursery in her office.
After The New York Times ran a front-page story about the controversy, Yahoo finally responded with a comment. “This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home,” the statement said. “This is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”