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Richard Branson: Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Work Policy Is on the Wrong Side of History

Companies should be flexible so employees can spend time with their kids, Branson says

Unless you have a technical job like flying an airplane, you can probably do it from home, Richard Branson says. Companies that forbid the practice, such as Yahoo, put pressure on families and limit opportunities for women, according to the Virgin Group founder.

"Most of the head-office type of jobs around the world, they can offer complete flexibility," said Branson when he sat down with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Bloomberg TV this week. "If [people with children] can get the job done at home and they can be around their kids, then I think that's good for the family and good for the business and good for the individual," Branson said.