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BEERG Newsletter - Future work: IBM chief – working from home can damage your career

IBM’s CEO and chair Arvind Krishna has said that working from home – as many still do two years after the COVID pandemic – comes at a career price. “In the short term you probably can be equally productive, but your career does suffer,” he said. in an interview with Bloomberg News.  “Moving from there to another role is probably less likely because nobody’s observing them in another context. It will be tougher. Not impossible, but probably a lot tougher.”

Krishna was referring to jobs as managers. “Being a people manager when you’re remote is just tough because if you’re managing people, you need to be able to see them once in a while,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be every minute. You don’t need to function under those old ‘Everybody’s under my eye’ kind of rules, but at least sometimes.”

IBM has also said that it plans to move some 8,000 jobs to artificial intelligence.

Published on: May 10, 2023

Authors: Tom Hayes

Topics: Global, HR Processes Policies and Compliance, People and Culture

Tom Hayes

Director of European Union and Global Labor Affairs, HR Policy Association

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