Minn. 'hot-desker' responds to change in policy at Yahoo!

6:25 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Home might be where the heart is, but for some, work is wherever there's an internet connection.

"At Fast Horse there's a policy of working remotely, and we have a term for it called hot-desking and that really just means work wherever you're most productive," said Fast Horse's senior director Bob Ingrassia.

Move over telecommuting, hot-desking has become a popular option at some companies.

Ingrassia's office is a room on the second floor of his home, right next to the work desk for the kids. Ingrassia can rattle off the advantages for both him and his employer Fast Horse.

"(It can help) you to be home with a sick kid or get off to your kids school for some reason," explained Ingrassia.

Hot-desking at home can turn a potential sick day with a child into a day of productivity, but Yahoo, once a leader in telecommuting says no more.

A letter sent to Yahoo employees reads "... to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices."

Workers have until June to get comfy at the corporate office or find another place to work.

"It seems like a step that's sort of going against the grain of where the modern workplace is headed," said Ingrassia.

He's not alone in that assertion, Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin said the decision seems backwards. Bloggers and marketing companies have also said Yahoo's decision seems like a direct dig against working parents.

That said, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer, recently made headlines for returning to work just two weeks after giving birth.

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