IBM Calls teleworkers home

May 18th, 2017 at 9:59:25 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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IBM, a Pioneer of Remote Work, Calls Workers Back to the Office

Was going to put this In the News but at least a few of us work from home so maybe it has legs. One thing I noticed in the article was that much of what I said is why IBM is calling workers home, home being the office. Collaboration is harder, the savings from rent are not anywhere near what they thought, and other benefits are harder to see.

Of course I write this as I work from home! But if I had worked from home from the start I would never have gotten to the level I am at now. The watercooler and simple personal interaction teach so much. OTOH, IBM seems to have spread these people very far and wide. I can say no way, ever, I would move to NYC to keep my job.

Hard to say if others notice and follow IBM. Really depends on the job function.
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May 18th, 2017 at 11:09:35 AM permalink
Evenbob
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I know a woman who has worked from
home for 11 years for a major insurance
company. She never gets out of her PJ's,
has zero child care costs, and resents the
living crap out of the few times a year
she has to go into the office for meetings.
She has no idea what a real job is like.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
May 18th, 2017 at 11:56:38 AM permalink
ams288
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Quote: Evenbob
I know a woman who has worked from
home for 11 years for a major insurance
company. She never gets out of her PJ's,
has zero child care costs, and resents the
living crap out of the few times a year
she has to go into the office for meetings.
She has no idea what a real job is like.


Sounds like me. I work from home. Haven't been into the office in almost a year and a half. I haven't worn pants in ages...
May 18th, 2017 at 12:00:31 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Youse lucky. Many places still operate by 'out of sight, out of mind' so if you ain't suit and tieing it, hanging at the water cooler and bellying up to the bar, you ain't getting a promotion.
May 18th, 2017 at 12:28:31 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Fleastiff
Youse lucky. Many places still operate by 'out of sight, out of mind' so if you ain't suit and tieing it, hanging at the water cooler and bellying up to the bar, you ain't getting a promotion.


Promoted? Meh. Not happening, when I get close the whole company closes down! Rather work from home when I like, shorts and Hawaiian Shirt my uni of choice. Mortgage and Title Mercenary is all my career will be for now. Why get promoted only to have to be there daily whole guys like me work remote?
The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it
May 18th, 2017 at 12:36:50 PM permalink
Evenbob
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I could never work at home for somebody
else. The woman I mentioned likes most of
it, but there are rules she has to go by. One
of them in no kids in her home work area,
it's a fireable offense. They have spies who
check her all the time. They make fake calls
and if they so much as hear a kid or a dog,
she gets a warning letter. Clients are supposed
to think she's in an office somewhere, not in
her basement in a home office.

And she never knows what's going on with her
job, she hears no gossip. Drives he crazy getting
surprises she never saw coming.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.