(NEW YORK) — Yahoo employees who are used to working from home will have to get used to working in the office again.
CEO Marissa Mayer has issued an edict that the days of telecommuting are over as she tries to restore the search engine back to its former glory.
The message from Yahoo’s human resources said, “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.”
There are an estimated 11,500 full-time Yahoo employees currently working from home who must comply with Mayer’s orders. In some cases, they’ll either have to relocate to get closer to Yahoo offices or else look for another job.
Mayer isn’t letting the occasional telecommuter off the hook either as the memo from HR states: “[F]or the rest of us who occasionally have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration.”
A former Google executive who was hired last summer to turn around Yahoo’s fortunes, Mayer came with a sterling track record and a technical background that includes a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford. Her immediate task was downsizing 2,000 jobs to save the company an estimated $375 million.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN