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Mayor Bloomberg: "telecommuting is one of the dumber ideas I've ever heard"

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Mayor Bloomberg, a billionaire former CEO, said on his weekly radio show Friday that he agrees with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that working from home is not productive.

"I've always said, telecommuting is one of the dumber ideas I've ever heard," said the media mogul mayor.

"Yes, there are some things you can do at home," he went on. "But having a chat line is not the same thing as standing at the water cooler. And standing at the water cooler is where you get a lot of ideas and information and it's a euphemism for a lot of interpersonal dialogue."

Mayer recently announced that employees at Yahoo will no longer be able to work from home, citing the need for more communication and collaboration within the company's office.

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Comment by Frank Doosey
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What nonsense. All Bloomberg cares about are the taxes and incoming money from commuters who use mass transit or park, eat in town, and hang out after work.

I work at home, I'm one of the most productive people on my team. People like Marissa Mayer simply don't trust their workers to be good. If you're not in the office, she must presume you're napping 8 hours a day or slacking off. I find I get more done because my coworkers aren't hanging around my desk, distracting me from my job. I can do what I need to do with minimal interference. Honestly, some of these people need to think before they speak.

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