For thousands of employees at IBM working from home is an important advantage but the company announced on Friday that it was ending the benefit for a large number of them.
The tech giant has been the leader in allowing its employees to work at home and had boasted about all the savings and the increased productivity that has resulted.
Close to 40% off its 400,000 employees across the globe do not work in a traditional office, said the company 10 years ago, which was the last time that type of data was released.
However, now Big Blue is making a change to policy, and many employees will be required to reacquaint themselves with an office lifestyle.
The company said that in a number of fields like digital marketing and software development, there has been a change in the nature of work, which requires other ways to work.
IBM would not say what the total number of employees was that would be returning to the office or the locations of the employees. It said that some will remain working remotely.
The large majority of employees, who were requested to return to work at the office agreed to, said IBM, but the company added that there were some exceptions made to the policy change, nevertheless some employees would lose their job if they did not return to work in the office.
Not that long ago the benefits of having large numbers of employees working remotely was touted by IBM. From 1995 through 2008, IBM said it lowered its office space by over 78 million sq. feet and over 58 million sq. ft. of that was sold for an overall gain of more than $1.9 billion.
It was not clear at the time of publishing what amount IBM will spend to have their employees return to the office.
IBM is not alone in the tech industry in pulling back some employees to the office. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer created some controversy during 2013 when she changed the company policy and brought back employees who had been working at home to the company offices.
This trend will continue to increase going forward as other companies follow suit knowing that working together on important new software development and digital marketing is needed to remain competitive.