I’ve heard from friends about a large insurance provider and a financial company that recently ended their work-at-home arrangements.
One of the largest relocations back to the office took place recently, when IBM asked all of its 2,600 marketing employees to relocate to offices in one of six cities, according to a report in Quartz Magazine. Employees working at home would have to commute, or, if they lived in another city, move to the city where the office was located or find another job.
Earlier, Yahoo wanted its remote employees to come back, saying that many were not productive, and some of the people hid.
While the employees may not be happy about this, there is one group of people who are: the people (whether they work remotely or in the office) at the office and contract furniture manufacturers.
According to several surveys, the telecommuting workforce represents close to 40 percent of the workforce.
They may miss the feeling of some that innovation and face-to-face interaction can aid creativity.
If you’ve looked at the office environment products at NeoCon and elsewhere in recent years, they encourage interaction and communication, and understanding.
Working remotely is commonplace, but there will always be a place in the office. And a place for NeoCon June 12-14, see http://neocon.com/.