"For Yahoo, this may be a good move, as there must be something out of alignment," Moorhead said. "Only Yahoo knows what is good for Yahoo as it relates to work-at-home policies."
Moorhead said he doesn't expect Yahoo's decision to affect other tech companies.
"I don't think this has any wider implications," he added. "Yahoo is viewed as a company in trouble and transition, so few companies will relate to it and take action in their own companies. If Google, Facebook, or Microsoft issued the same kind of statement, it would impact other companies."
Though other companies may not be quick to follow Yahoo's lead on telecommuting policies, it may be a tough transition for people working at the Internet company.
"They will likely find, as others have, that making what should be first-line manager decisions from the top tends to go badly for the company," Enderle said. "It is actually a misuse of executive privilege. Decisions with regard to where employees work need to be kept close to the employee and be granular."
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