Here’s Our Top Workplace Stories of 2013

Telecommuting Ban, Twitter, & TerminalGate


As the year comes to a close, global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  presents some of the most outrageous, unbelievable, and compelling workplace stories of the year. Challenger, which released the compilation Monday, remembers Yahoo’s major decision, government impasses and how the climate has impacted jobs.


10) Yahoo drops telecommuting, February –Yahoo! Inc. announced an end to its telecommuting program, which according to a leaked memo stemmed from the belief that “speed and quality are sacrificed when people work from home.” The decision came down from the internet giant’s new CEO Marissa Mayer, who has been determined to shake things up at the struggling company. “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. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

9) Companies move retirees off insurance plans, September – Within two days of each other, Time Warner and IBM announced that they will move retirees from company-provided health insurance plans into privately-run insurance exchanges and/or the taxpayer-funded public exchanges established under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  Last year, GE made a similar announcement.  Altogether, about 44 percent of employers plan to stop administering health plans for their former workers over the next two years, according to a survey by Towers Watson.

See them all here.


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