Anyone hoping that Marissa Mayer, the 37-year-old who recently took the helm of Yahoo and became a mother three months later, would somehow pave the way for working mothers—at least those seeking a modicum of work-life balance—can ditch that wish. Mayer burst that bubble when she announced in February that Yahoo would no longer allow telecommuting. Not even once a week or once in a while. None. Period. No exceptions.
I have a theory about why she did it.
Maybe Mayer was so wacked out from post-partum exhaustion—after all, she gave herself only one week (yes, you read correctly) maternity leave after the birth of her baby last fall—that she made the decision to nix telecommuting at Yahoo while in a typical state of new motherhood: sleep-deprived, hormonal-imbalanced, and generally delirious.