CNN - For those who either enjoy or dread working from home, a decision from a prominent search engine company comes as quite a surprise to many.
CNN reported Monday Yahoo's "trailblazing" CEO recently dropped a bombshell on her employees, that a new policy would not allow working from home.
In a memo obtained by the tech blog "All Things D," Yahoo's human resources director outlined the new policy which reads, "To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we all need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices."
Workers who telecommute have until June to either get comfortable working out of the office, or leave.
Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer, came from Google. The company likes the collaborative atmosphere when workers have face-to-face time. She's in the middle of a turnaround for Yahoo.
She famously returned to work two weeks after giving birth.
CNN reported Yahoo's new policy was ripped by some commentators.
Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin, said the decision seems backwards, at a time when remote working is easier and more effective than ever, adding, "Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will."
Blogger Lisa Belkin, writing for the Huffington Post, sees it as a direct dig against working parents.
"I think it's backwards. I think it's the opposite of what she should have done," said Belkin.
CEO Eric Holtzclaw of marketing company, Laddering Works, said not only does he let his employees work from hoem, he logs time away from the office as well.