IBM goes against the grain as remote work gains popularity

Company draws workers back to office, citing collaboration, ideation
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017

As remote work continues to increase in popularity among office workers, technology giant IBM recently announced a move that appears to go against the grain.

Calling it an effort to boost collaboration and ideation results, IBM is drawing portions of its staff back into the office. In February, more than 2,600 employees were informed they would need to return to state-of-the-art office space in one of six U.S. cities, according to Quartz, a global news website.

Once a remote-work pioneer, 40 per cent of IBM’s 386,000 global staffers worked from home as recently as 2009, according to Quartz.