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Yahoo CEO Bans Telecommuting

Analyze Mayer's decision, described in the e-Activity, to prohibit telecommuting at Yahoo! from both a Utilitarian and a Kantian perspective. Imagine the rule instituted at Yahoo! only applied to lower level employees and exempted executives in upper management. Explain how such a hypothetical policy that does not apply to all employees universally might change the way in which a Kantian would respond to the policy. Suggest two additional policies that could be instituted in an office that may be problematic when applied only to lower-level employees.
•Imagine you are the CEO of Yahoo!, and outline the relevant obligations, ideals, and effects that you believe should be taken into consideration before developing a company policy regarding employees working remotely. Examine the ways in which the obligations, ideals, and effects that you have outlined might conflict with one another, and propose how you would resolve those conflicts.

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From a utilitarian perspective this action would not promote the most good for the most individuals within the organization, due to the fact that prohibiting telecommuting takes convenience from many of the workers. From a Kantian perspective the will behind this decision seems to be based upon the good intention of increasing workplace cohesion and proficiency by having everyone physically at the workplace completing their duties. If this rule were not applied to all employees and exempted executives in upper management, then this would not be ...

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The solution discusses the Yahoo CEO bans on telecommuting.