Yahoo’s new chief executive Marissa Mayer is intent on making the company a more enjoyable place to work, and thus far, she’s doing a pretty good job at it.
Mayer is promising to buy all Yahoo’s full- and part-time employees a brand new Apple, Nokia, HTC, or Samsung smartphone, according to a company-wide memo obtained yesterday by Business Insider.
This isn’t the only thing Mayer has done to help boost employee morale at the company. Previously, she started giving workers a free lunch, which is something done at her former Google stomping grounds. And while employee will undoubtedly be happier with a new phone, it’s also part of Mayer’s plan to better focus the company’s efforts on mobile.
The memo reads:
“We have a very exciting update to share with you today — we are announcing Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.
Moving forward, we’ll offer you a choice of devices as well as provide monthly plans for the data and phone.
The smartphone choices that we are including in the program are:
* Apple iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- HTC One X
- HTC EVO 4G LTE
* Windows Phone 8:
- Nokia Lumia 920
We’re getting started right away and taking orders starting now”
My guess is that the majority of people will end up getting an iPhone 5, but as is the case anywhere, there will be pockets of Android loyalists and those curious about Windows Phone 8.