When Remote Working Goes Wrong: 3 Thoughts on How to Bridge the Gap

Jun 29, 2017

Business 2 Community | Craig Malloy

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.

In the last four years, remote working increased from 39 percent to 49 percent, according to Gallup. And this trend will only continue to grow.

The benefits of remote working are plentiful. Hard-working employees receive the much-needed flexibility and work-life balance, and given the global nature of today’s business world, it’s impractical, not to mention wildly expensive, to get all talent to come together in one location on a consistent basis