IBM Connect 2017 highlights the Negative and Emotional Impact of IBM’s Co-Location policy

February 23 2017

The effects of IBM's new co-location policy have hit close to home this week at IBM Connect 2017. I have had numerous IBMers basically say good-bye this week. They either have been given their notice and have no intention of moving, or they see the writing on the wall. Some are even leaving IBM immediately after the conference. It hit me this morning that over two-thirds of the conversations I am having with IBMers this week ends with 'I am interviewing' or 'I will not be moving and leaving sometime before summer.'

The thought that the company with the DNA of one the most successful software products ever created to facilitate remote team collaboration is requiring everyone on a team to be in the same home office is almost inconceivable. But when you look at it from a capital expense vs. operating expense, you understand what is going on. I feel like I need to shower every time I realize the facts behind the policy.

To all of my IBM friends, whom I have known for years, many decades, Thank you. Thank you for the impact on my career. But more importantly, thank you for enriching my life outside of what I do for work. Thank you for your friendship, support, and laughs. This change won't effect our friendship, but it will effect how our paths cross. I wish you all much luck. If you need a reference, please do not hesitate to contact me. Those of you just starting your journey for your next opportunity, my network is yours - please let me know what I can do to help.

Thank you.