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SAN FRANCISCO-In the Bay Area and beyond, the “office of the future” is a present-day reality, and part of this workplace transformation is the role of the virtual office.  Globally, a new generation of workers, enabled by technology tools, is part of an inevitable trend, with more employees are setting up shop at home or at other remote locations. In fact, studies show that the number of mobile workers grew 66% from 2005 to 2010, and that trend is continuing.

Then along comes Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who shouts, “Whoa” and directs teleworkers back to the office. Her new policy has fueled headlines and blogs, some applauding Mayer, others blasting her. While the still-ensuing dialog has been healthy, let’s put this debate in perspective:  The answer to “Does working at home work for your company?” is not a simple yea or nay. 

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