Policy or Layoff?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that IBM had ended its  work-from-home policy and that all employees will be expected to report to, and work from, an office.  This despite boasting as recently as 2008 that it reduced its office space by 78 million square feet, and that 58 million square feet of that space was sold for a gain of $1.9 billion.

IBM added that, while the majority of employees asked to report to an office had agreed to do so, those who refused would risk losing their jobs.  Some have speculated that this is a disguised method to shed employees without having to announce a layoff.  Both Yahoo and HP have announced the end to their own work-at-home programs within the past four years.

Briant Sikorski

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