Will Yahoo's New Decisions Affect Working Moms?


Many of you have probably already heard about Yahoo’s decision to prevent employees form working from home.

Credit: Ramin Talaie/Corbis
Credit: Ramin Talaie/Corbis

An email to all Yahoo employees was released this past Monday by head of HR, Jackie Reses, saying:

"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."

CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, who hired Reses, happens to come from Google which apparently also supports an in-office policy.

So, weather issues, telecommuters and sick days aside, this information begs the question: What about working moms?

Yahoo has a reported 11,500 employees who currently work from home -- a fact that the company has keenly chosen not to comment on. Where will these women look to for child care? And how much will this expense set these families back?

One must assume that there are plenty of working parents who have grown comfortable to the idea that they can bring home the bacon while nurturing their children from their very own homes.

As of 2011, more than 15 million married women in the U.S. were employed and caring for children under the age of 18. That’s roughly 65 percent of this group of women, and that doesn’t include single mothers or women caring for their young people over the age of 18; this according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Report.

CBS did a poll in 2006 asking women whether or not they would prefer to work while raising children. The results: 49 percent said yes, 32 percent said no and 19 percent said they had no opinion.

What would you prefer? Are you a working parent? Or do you work from home? What are your thoughts? 

Share with us here at Discovery Fit & Health!


By: Jen Wolfe

For More on Working Parents:

When to Head Back After Baby

Being a Single Parent

How to be a Working Parent

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