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TODAY   |  February 25, 2013

Marissa Mayer bans telecommuting at Yahoo

Disgruntled Yahoo employees leaked an internal memo from human resources in which CEO Marissa Mayer bans telecommuting, saying “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> raising some eyebrows.

>> now her employees are being told soon they will no longer be able to work from home . maria schiavocampo has more on this. mara, good morning.

>> some are calling this a brilliant business move, others saying it could be disastrous for the struggle iing company. she shattered the glass ceiling as the first pregnant and under 50 ceo of a fortune 500 company. the world and the women's movement expected big things but probably not this. leaking an internal memo from human resources that bans telecommuting saying 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 . the new policy sparked intense debate, especially on twitter. hey, marissa, 1980 just called. they want their work environment back, wrote one user. mayer is trying to right a big ship . best to bring all hands on deck and focus the crew, wrote another. known for its employee perks and even yahoo! gives free food and iphone 5. this more traditional move has some scratching their heads.

>> to basically say that no working from home and pretty much no working from home ever, no matter what the circumstances are, truly makes it feel sort of like an anti-parent, in many ways, anti-female workplace.

>> reporter: the criticism won't sway mayer, who has made it clear the bottom line is her top priority .

>> it comes with attention on everything you do.

>> again, i haven't spent a lot of time looking at it or thinking about it. i've really been focused on the products.

>> reporter: some say that focus may be just what yahoo! needs.

>> if yahoo! needed to cut a lot of fat and can get a bunch of people who will now walk instead of go through massive layoffs, this may go down as a very interesting management move.

>> if those employees do walk, experts say companies like google are eager to tap yahoo!'s top talent. when asked for a comment they said, quote, we don't comment on rumor rumors,. matt?

>> increases the happiness level of a lot of employees.

>> you can't say home five dayies a week as much as you might like to but having that flexibility is something a lot of people expect from a modern workplace.

>> i'm sure she works a lot from home. it's the image you set.