While the telecommuting trend is still going strong for many companies, a lot of large firms have modified or eliminated flexible work arrangements for employees. Most recently, IBM did away with its remote work policy, and in recent years HP, Yahoo!, Best Buy, Bank of America and Aetna have stopped or severely curtailed their remote job opportunities.
There are a variety of reasons why companies have decided to change their remote culture: it's an easy way to reduce the size of a workforce, managers don't trust employees are working while at home and it disrupts collaboration and company culture. However, telework reduces overhead costs and studies have shown workers tend to be more productive and often work more hours while working from home. Blame seems to fall to the unsuccessful employees, but we need to look at where the employers are falling short in making telework arrangements viable.