IBM employees in the U.S. will return to offices at the end of the first week of September. Fully vaccinated employees could be allowed to work without masks. IBM is also working on rules for employees who would want to travel and network with clients outside of IBM.
“If you haven’t yet been vaccinated or received the second dose of a two-shot vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get fully vaccinated now.”Nickle LaMoreaux, IBM Chief Human Resources Officer
IBM has not yet specified any rules on whether or not employees will be allowed to work remotely for some part of the week.
“IBM has long-established practices and policies supporting work life balance which will continue as we return to the office. More communication from your unit leadership, as well as specifics on safety protocols, will follow later this summer.”Nickle LaMoreaux, IBM Chief Human Resources Officer
Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group (IBM partner) in Boca Raton, Florida said that a hybrid work model will be adopted (as told to CRN).
“There are benefits to being in the office, there are benefits to not being in the office.”Mark Wyllie, CEO of Boca Raton
According to Wyllie, a virtual meeting “is not as good as communicating face to face, but sometimes you need other options.” A lot of people will agree to this and in such cases, a hybrid working model seems to be the best option to move forward with.
Besides IBM, many other tech companies are also looking forward to meeting their employees when they return to office. Microsoft opened its headquarters in March and Google is looking forward to a hybrid work model in the future which will allow around 60 percent of Google workers to return to office for a few days per week.
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