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Yahoo Responds To Work-From-Home Outcry: 'This Isn't A Broad Industry View'

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Marissa Mayer speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City at Hudson Room at the Time Warner Center on May 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.)
Marissa Mayer speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City at Hudson Room at the Time Warner Center on May 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.)

After several days of controversy, Yahoo has finally responded to the dustup over its decision to ban employees from working remotely. Its stance, in essence: Don't project your office culture issues on our company.

“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo!, right now," said a Yahoo spokesperson in an emailed statement to HuffPost.

The statement comes roughly four days after an internal memo explaining the policy change was leaked to the press on Friday. “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings,” the memo to employees read.

The memo's author, Yahoo’s head of human resources Jackie Reses, continued: “Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices.”

The move -- reportedly pushed through by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer -- has set off a fiery debate among outside observers, including prominent chief executives, workplace flexibility advocates and, most recently, Yahoo employees, some of whom have expressed support for the measure, HuffPost reported Tuesday.

The latest comments from Yahoo seem to suggest that the company is trying to distance itself from the ongoing debate over the importance of employees working together in the same physical space.

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