Even with that very special place in my heart, I'm not a fan of their new, and now very public, policy that discontinues remote work environments. If you aren't yet familiar, here's the (admittedly biased) Wall Street Journal article on it.
I could go on a rant, mostly agreeing with WSJ, on the silliness of being anti-flexibility. But instead I want to highlight a moderate suggestion in the article that I think is really smart. It reads...
Asking employees to be “flexible on flexibility” — setting core hours for meetings, coming into the office for group brainstorms or setting specific hours for conference calls — are helpful approaches.That's a really great, moderate, win-win and realistic suggestion. The idea that employees more or less need to be available for X core hours in a day makes a lot of sense. Now you aren't going to please everyone; someone will inevitably have pre-school pick-up, or consider those prime napping hours or some other obligation. But like they say, you can't please everyone all the time.
Regardless of what Yahoo does (heck, I don't work there), I'd love to see more companies embrace flexibility and look for middle-of-the-road approaches to balancing business and employee needs.