Is this a trend in the industry? Perhaps some of the first movers in the work-from-anywhere movement have had a chance to see the return on this policy. Perhaps they have some indicators that collaboration is a skill best practiced in person. Practiced with full body awareness, in sense-around with many of our more that 20 senses - rather than just a select few. Are you aware of how many entities must practice the same behavior, concurrently for there to be a true movement? Do you want to be on the front end of the last movement in your industry or the bleeding edge of this movement?
Yahoo sees the ROI from canceling the work from home policy.
"There is definitely merit to the idea, however, that bringing its agile programming teams together in the same place at the same time can have a small but crucial impact on performance. In his book People Analytics, MIT visiting scientist Ben Waber discusses the role of dependencies for programmers, that teams must coordinate closely to ensure their code meshes well. Citing others’ research as well as his own, Waber argues remote programmers are 8% less likely than co-located groups to communicate about dependencies, which translates to 32% longer code completion times--or death when you’re already as lumbering as Yahoo."
Read the article: Yahoo Says That Killing Working From Home is Turning Out Perfectly by Greg Lindsay Oct. 2013.
Who said: "collaboration tames giants in the land of Lilliput" - oh that was me.
IBM's Move To Eliminate Remote Work Was Right, Even If It Wasn't Popular - Inc. by Yoram Solomon Founder, Large Scale Creativity @yoram
"The answer is not black or white. It really depends on a few factors, and there is a hybrid approach, too."
Expert: IBM Made the Right Move in Forcing Everyone Into the Office - Inc. by
Suzanne Lucas @RealEvilHRLady
"A marketing executive says IMB's move to limit telecommuting is the right path."