Poll: Is Telecommuting Bad for Business as Yahoo! Ban Suggests?

Is Yahoo's Work Policy All That Bad?

When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pulled the plug on telecommuting, San Diegans must have yawned—or wrinkled their noses.

According to San Diego-based Telework Research Network, latest census data show that San Diego is the No. 2 metro area for telecommuting—just behind Atlanta.

“But San Diego still has a huge lead when it comes to federal employees who work at home, about four times the national average,” the group said in April 2012.

Critics are having a field day on the Yahoo! move, though.

“In this day and age, where working professionals typically have a computer or laptop at home (and maybe a smartphone and iPad too), almost everyone telecommutes to some extent,” wrote Sara Sutton Fell of FlexJobs, who said she was “stunned” by the new policy slamming the door shut on telecommuting.

Tom Harnish, senior scientist at Telework Research Network, told Patch: “We were stunned when Carlsbad-San Marcos-Vista popped out of the U.S. Census data as the communities with the highest rate in the U.S. of employees who work from home (4.2 percent).

“This whole Yahoo! thing is amazing. When Congress passed the Telework Bill in 2000 and required Federal workers to work at home to the maximum extent possible, no one noticed. In fact there have been several bills since that essential say, ‘No, REALLY, we mean it!’”

How would it affect your life to lose that option, or necessity? Is telecommuting essential or a fluffy slippers triviality?