IBM was one of the first companies to allow employees to work from home, and remote workers at one time constituted up to 40% of its workforce. Now it’s stepping away from that initiative, ordering thousands of employees across the world to either leave IBM or relocate to central office locations. The change is meant to encourage more frequent interaction between employees, but author Brian Peterson argues in BetaNews that the benefits could be offset by damage to morale. Peterson writes that IBM is ignoring major technological advances that have improved remote collaboration, pointing to the fact that other companies still embrace the practice.
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