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Some theories about why IBM is moving 5,000 of its tech people back to the office

Some theories about why IBM is moving 5,000 of its tech people back to the office

IBM pioneered telecommuting. Now it wants people back in the office.

That IBM called back its employees anyway is telling, especially given its history as 'a business whose business was how other businesses do business.' Perhaps Big Blue’s decision will prove to be a mere stumble in the long, inevitable march toward remote work for all. But there’s reason to regard the move as a signal, however faint, that telecommuting has reached its high-water markand that more is lost in working apart than was first apparent.

The communications technology offering the fastest, cheapest, and highest-bandwidth connection is still the office.”

Source: www.theatlantic.com

This thoughtful article by Jerry Useem in November’s Atlantic offers several rationales for IBM’s about face on remote work, including:

  • Need for “collaborative efficiency” – some studies indicate that groups can solve problems faster when working in proximity.
  • Research by Ben Waber, a visiting scientist at MIT, who found that people working in an office together traded an average of 38 communications about a problem vs. an average of 8 communications if the workers were in different locations.
  • “Radical collocation” – a term coined by Judith Olson, a researcher at UC Irvine. In the late 90s, Ford Motor Company let Olson run an experiment with six teams working on the exact same problem. All six teams worked in war rooms near each other. and all completed their software development projects in about a third of the time normally required for such work.

 

Our take: These studies by no means prove that remote work is less efficient than co-located work, but they help us understand why some companies might be swayed by reasoning that backs up their hunches.


How do you keep remote workers from feeling like second-class citizens?  

How do you keep remote workers from feeling like second-class citizens?  

Many employers, however, “have let remote work happen rather than make it happen. They haven’t done the (management) training,” says Kate Lister, president of consultancy Global Workplace Analytics.

 

Source: www.wsj.com

It's all too easy to forget that person who dialed into the meeting remotely (and for them to forget about you). Good communication doesn't just happen, you have to make it happen. That's true for face-to-face or remote employees. Dell, National Equity Fund, and many others make it work in a big way and reap the benefits in attraction/retention, engagement, cost reductions, and more.

 


Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

  • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
  • 4 in 10 remote workers say it's hard to be noticed
  • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
  • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
  • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
  • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
  • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
  • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

 

[1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]


Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

  • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
  • 4 in 10 remote workers say it's hard to be noticed
  • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
  • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
  • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
  • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
  • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
  • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

 

[1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]


When will we stop calling remote work something different? It’s just the way people work.

When will we stop calling remote work something different? It’s just the way people work.

When everyone is ‘remote’ at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.

Source: www.computerworld.com

This is something I've been saying for years. Occupancy studies show employees are not at their desk more than half time. Whether they're 9 floors, 9 miles, or 9 timezones away, they are already working remotely. We need to shift the conversation to what we need to do to make them as engaged and productive as possible.


IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.

IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.

“Everyone I know is very upset,” says one employee, who like most interviewed asked to remain anonymous while discussing an employer. Some workers furiously began looking for new jobs. Others say they have stopped contributing to long-term projects because they aren’t sure whether they’ll be around in the future. "

Source: qz.com

They can say "goodbye" to the best and brightest talent. Iike Yahoo and Best Buy, IBM is in deep trouble. Somehow that seems to create a "circle the wagons" reaction.

 

But the connection between co-location and collaboration or innovation has NOT been proven. Many of the studies often cited in these arguments date back to the early 1990s when working at a distance was much more difficult. 

 

What has been proven is that: 1) open offices are distracting and counterproductive. They are a particular nightmare for introverts who make up over 40% of employees; and 2) workplace flexibility is key to attracting and retaining talent.


Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 

Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 

All employees who spend at least some (but not all) of their time working remotely have higher engagement than those who

don’t ever work remotely. And the tipping point for optimal engagement has

increased dramatically — from less than 20% of time to 60% to 80% of time

working remotely.

Source: www.gallup.com

The report also found those who work remotely 2-3 days a week feel substantially more productive than those who are office-bound or are who work remotely less frequently. 


New Dell/Intel report shows employers are not keeping up with employee tech needs

New Dell/Intel report shows employers are not keeping up with employee tech needs

"Dell and Intel have teamed up to create their newest Future Workforce Study 2016 which reveals how people around the world feel about how technology is shaping the workplace. 

Source: futurereadyworkforce.dell.com

This report offers lots of great insights into how global employees feel about their technology, collaboration, facetime, augmented reality, virtual reality, remote work and more.


Mobile-Optimized Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance | Aruba Networks Newsroom

Mobile-Optimized Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance | Aruba Networks Newsroom

This report proves that CIOs have the opportunity to use their mobile technology strategies to influence the employee experience – and therefore the productivity, creativity, loyalty and satisfaction of their workers. This is a departure from the usual target outcomes of efficiency and cost optimization, and allows IT to make a more meaningful contribution, both to the strategic ambitions of the organization and to the lives of its workers”.

Source: news.arubanetworks.com

The report is really worth reading. Like a handful of prior studies, it shows the affinity for mobile spans all generations. Employers who provide the best mobile technology support benefit from increased productivity, creativity, satisfaction, and loyalty. 


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