Bucky Fuller wrote:
"Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
It's time we gave this some thought."
That's one of the reasons we are enthusiastic about homeworking, telecommuting, shedworking or whatever you want to call working from home; it cuts down on the ridiculous waste of real estate and the incredible cost and time wasted getting to work. It's why we complain about Yahoo and Google's "casual collisions."
At the Harvard Business Review, Scott Berkun describes a high tech success that, unlike Yahoo or Google, runs with a completely distributed workforce. He worked at Automattic, operator of Wordpress, for a year and writes:
Creativity thrives online. Recently James Surowicki at The New Yorker claimed remote work inhibits creativity. This is absurd in the age of the web, where thousands work on brilliant projects, collaborating with people around the world. It's true that in a distributed company you can't just walk down the hall to find serendipity, but chat rooms, social media, and blogs provide many chance encounters and serendipitous ideas. Dozens of times a day, WordPress.com releases new features and updates, and they collaborate intensely around them on internal blogs and in chat rooms. Remote work certainly changes the nature of interaction, but to assume this inhibits creativity is ridiculous.
There's lots more; culture is critical. Tools make the difference. Employees shouldn't be treated like children. Read How WordPress Thrives with a 100% Remote Workforce