Last month, IBM — once the steward for remote working — offered its employees an ultimatum: Get back in the office, or leave your job. No more telecommuting.
IBM is not the first to make this move. Many companies have been trying to rein in remote working in an effort to refuel productivity and innovation in the office. But the reality — to the dismay of Big Blue and its “back-to-the-office” predecessors like Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard — is that the remote working ship has sailed. But that doesn’t mean productivity has left the shores with it.