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“Yahoo to change work policy, end telecommuting” on ABC7 News

02/25/2013

By David Louie

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Silicon Valley freeways are about to get more crowded this summer when a tech giant stops allowing employees to work at home. Yahoo says it has a good reason to end telecommuting.

Officially, Yahoo says it will not comment on internal matters. But we understand CEO Marissa Mayer thinks discussions at the water cooler or in the hallway are valuable. Other Silicon Valley tech workers think this decision will hurt productivity at Yahoo.

Two days a week, Mitul Patel's commute is a flight of stairs at home, instead of driving from San Jose to Palo Alto. He's the IT manager at Endicia, a software company that makes postage and shipping label systems for online sellers.

"This is a great benefit to have, Patel said. "And I think people will start to think two times before, you know, if the benefit is taken away."

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