IBM expects that 15% to 20% of its employees will work from home in the next five to six months.
Dravida Seetharam, vice-president of government programs at IBM, revealed the home working target figures to IT Examiner.
Seetharam said, "We would provide more communication and networking facilities to the employees. It would also be a good option of providing higher salary packages in compensation for the energy savings achieved on their part."
The move, designed to save 10% in overall costs, will first target sales and marketing teams. Later, all jobs that require "constant movement" will be added to the scheme.
IBM is also seeking an additional 8% to 9% in savings through new lighting and cooling technology, which includes the use of PC hibernation features.