Exclusive BT is ordering thousands of staff across the globe to return to the office three days a week or risk disciplinary procedures.
In a document dispatched to affected workers, some of whom are not happy with the change of direction, BT Group CEO Philip Jansen talks of the new "smart working approach: 3 together, 2 wherever."
"We believe in being together," the boss says in the missive being distributed to many in the workforce today. "That means most of our office-based colleagues coming together for at least three days a week in the workplace, or with customers.
"At the heart of this is our very good reason for being: we connect for good. It's in our bones, and it's what we do, every day. Working remotely, we've lost that deep connection we only get from being together – with each other or with our customers – more often."
BT also "believes in flexibility," the boss adds, and on those days staff can opt to work at home or in a coffee shop "or back at the workplace for those that want to!"