While transportation managers and ecologists praise the work at home movement for its fuel savings, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer says it is hurting creativity.
Mayer, whose company pioneered the concept of having the world of information at your fingertips, is now ordering those fingers to come to the office fulltime by June. Mayer joined Yahoo! last April after reaching the higher airs of Google.
She set an example against working from home by taking only two weeks of maternity leave after giving birth to her first child, son Macallister Bogue, on Sept. 30. She shocked some by saying that raising her first child was "easy."
Now she's cracked the whip for Yahoo's 14,000 employees, saying they are missing the creativity and water cooler collaboration that comes with working in an office.
The director of Santa Cruz's People Power, an alternative transportation group, wasn't happy about the news.
"Telecommuting helps reduce vehicle miles graveled and is a policy that helps rather than detracts form our environmental goals," said Amelia Conlen. "It's a policy we support."
Mayer is the fourth CEO at Yahoo! in four years.