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Decision on “Ban on Work from Home!?” At Yahoo! - Impact and Perspectives*

CASE STUDY, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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Decision on “Ban on Work from Home!?” At Yahoo! – Impact and Perspectives

 

“People are more productive when they’re alone, but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”1

-- Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo Inc.

 

“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team  meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together.”2

-- Jack Reses, Head HR, Yahoo Inc.

 

The HR strategies in the global companies are always rigorous, up grading according to the demands of the business, changes in technology and dynamics of work environment. The work from home is one such option which is growing due to emergence of new technology, uneven distribution of talent across the world, strategies to promote women’s involvement in corporate world and cost saving through reduction in the physical work space. Along with the advantages, many issues are associated with the work from home option as the connectivity and feeling of being part of one organization goes missing, it becomes difficult for the managers to keep watch on the productivity and performance of the team member and the good insights and innovative ideas coming from team interaction no more exists........

 



1 Meghan Kelly, “Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer speaks out about her work-from-home ban”, venturebeat.com (April 19th 2013)
2 Alvin Lee, “Working from Home: The End of an Era?”, Forbes.com (April 17th 2013)

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Decision on “Ban on Work from Home!?” At Yahoo! – Impact and Perspectives

 

The case study is about CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Myer’s unconventional decision on “ban on work from home” which invited strong media attention much to the discomfort of its employees who are working from home. All the employees were asked to report in person immediately; some employees were totally unhappy with this decision while some of them were a little uncomfortable but were ready to abide by the decision.

Pedagogical Objectives

  • • To understand the concept of work-life balance and its various forms
  • • To analyze the positive and negative consequences of flexible work program and discuss whether Yahoo! shall continue to be a best place to work thus fostering a healthy work environment even after this decision
  • • Examine the impact of banning ‘work from home’ on recruitment and retention policy of Yahoo! in international and Indian context

 

Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding (PCU)/Before the Classroom Discussion

The case study was given to the students a day before and also instructed to read about work-life balance and correlate the case with the chapter.

Case Positioning and Setting

This case study can be used in Human Resource Management Course for second semester MBA students.

Assignment Questions

  • I. What is the central issue of the case?
  • II. What does ‘work from home’ mean?
  • III. Is working from home good or bad?
  • IV. ....................

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Abstract

With advancement in technology the physical presence at workplace has become an optional issue. Many growing industries have become virtual, using online technology and have a supportive HR strategy for the same. The flexible work timing has become an important tool to attract the talent across the world and to get work done from experts. In such an environment where flexible work culture is appreciated, Yahoo came up with a strategy of ban on 'work from home' to improve the performance of the employees and to promote innovation through team work.

The case study focuses on Yahoo's decision of ban on work from home and discuss the pros and cons of this decision linking it with work life balance.



Pedagogical Objectives
This case study, is proposed to teach the concept of Work-life balance , which manifests itself in many ways, flexible work programs being one. After reading this case study, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of work-life balance and its various forms
  • Analyze the positive and negative consequences of flexible work program and discuss whether Yahoo continues to be a best place to work, thus fostering a healthy work environment even after this decision
  • Examine the impact of banning ‘work from home’ on recruitment and retention policy of Yahoo in international and Indian context

Case Positioning and Setting
Functional Area where the case can be used: Human Resource Management and/or Organizational Behavior where there is a topic on work-life balance


* GSMC 2016, IIM Raipur

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