Feb 27, 2013 1:47 AM by Ellina Abovian, KSBY News

Working from home on the Central Coast

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made a controversial move this week, banning telecommuting.

Starting in June, Yahoo employees will no longer be allowed to work from home.

"Working from home makes me happy and a better employee," said Ashala Lawler. Ashala Lawler is a graphic designer; she has been working from home for 22 years.

"The work I do constantly has to be creative on demand. I find that the creative spark doesn't always happen in front of the computer. I can be working in my yard or going to the grocery store or making the bed or doing the laundry and an idea will come to me," said Lawler.

Some people believe that working from home is progressive; others believe being in the office is more effective.

Marissa Mayer believes the later. In an effort to boost creativity and company performance; she banned her employees from working at home.

"Some of the best ideas I have come during face-to-face meeting during office hours, "said Mayer.

Many argue that for a media company to suggest no telecommuting is out dated.
According to the census bureau, computer, science and engineering companies show a 69% rise in at-home working during the past decade.

"We can all be in different places, we don't have to be in the same room to have a meeting anymore," said Lawler. Lawler believes that a happy environment can add to productivity and boost motivation.



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