Yahoo stirs flexible work arrangement debate

Internet company banning employees from working at home

POSTED: 08:13 PM PST Mar 04, 2013    UPDATED: 09:47 PM PST Mar 05, 2013 
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BEAUMONT, Calif. -

While the corporate world will be watching Yahoo's decision to ban employees from working at home, it's a work arrangement that just doesn't add up for some people.
     
Renee Schiavone of Beaumont believes she has the best of both worlds.  An editor for the online community news service Patch, she's able to spend most days at home caring for her 7-month-old daughter Emmy while at the same time getting her job done.

"She's just learning how to make all these fun sounds and we're getting to the crawling stage and its great that I am gonna be here for that," said Schiavone.

Wanting to see her child develop, Schiavone has no plans to apply for work at Yahoo.  She wouldn't fit in since the struggling Internet company's CEO Marissa Mayer is eliminating work-from-home arrangements effective in June.

Schiavone says she understands how innovation is created from collaboration, but feels a lot of people like herself are more productive in the home setting.

"I think my employer is lucky because I end up working easily more than eight  hours a day," said Schiavone.  "When it's all said and done, I think most days I probably work like 10 hours, but I don't mind because I am structuring as I need it."

According to the 2010 census. 9.5 percent of the U.S. workforce works from home at least one day a week.  Since Schiavione completely stopped commuting to work between Beaumont and Palm Desert, a year ago, she and her husband estimate between child care and gas, they're saving about $10,000 a year.

"Right there, that's obviously a huge chunk of change that's why it just wouldn't really make sense if I could not work from home anymore," said Schiavione.

If Yahoo experiences a turnaround after the ban on employees working from home, more companies are expected to follow suit.  That's more reason why Schiavione believes she signed up with the right company.

"I don't think it really concerns me too much because with my current employer at least, they value making their employees being happy, and to me I wouldn't be happy if I were forced to go into an office," said Schiavione.