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Yahoo CEO Makes Amends with Her Employees

Marissa Mayer might be offering her Yahoos a consolation prize for her ban on telework. Mashable reports:

Yahoo is doubling the amount of paid leave time that new mothers are eligible to take, from eight weeks to 16 weeks, and letting new fathers take eight weeks of paid leave, as first reported by NBC Bay Area.

“Over the last several months, we’ve introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos’ days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity,” Yahoo said in a statement to Mashable, confirming the report. “Recently, we rolled out some new and improved benefits to support the happiness and well-being of Yahoos and their families.”

Mayer created a media frenzy in February after alerting her employees that Yahoo’s flexible teleworking policies would be coming to an end. At the time, we predicted that this decision had more to do with poor management in Yahoo’s ranks than Mayer’s personal views on teleworking, a prediction that was borne out by later comments. But while her initial decision may have been justified by the culture at Yahoo at the time, it undoubtedly made it more difficult for some employees to balance busy work lives and family obligations.

These new flexwork policies are likely the CEO’s attempt to maintain competitiveness among Silicon Valley’s employers. Google, for example, offers 22 weeks of maternity leave and Facebook offers four months to both mothers and fathers. But we hope they’re also an indication that the company might reintroduce some form of telework in the future. The benefits are many, and once Mayer gets her management structure in order, there won’t be much standing in her way.

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  • Kavanna

    Mayer will do fine with Yahoo. After all, she went to Stanford 🙂

    Seriously, she’s never been opposed generally to telework, just the way it became abused at Yahoo, especially by team leaders and managers. Their absentee culture led to clueless employees at a loss for what they were going to work for.

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