...and this translates into more productivity and happiness.
Not using "I can see them at their desk" as a proxy for impact has a million cascading ripple effects, and all of them are good.
People will complain. Boy, will they complain. This is good. This means it matters.
This is a gift, even if you detest it.
It is a civilizing, democratizing process. Most companies resist it far too long.
It's a chance to start fresh, to revisit every cultural choice and renew your vows to the ones that really matter.
I do not work from home. It is not a happy or healthy lifestyle choice for me. But I do prefer -- vastly, overwhelmingly prefer -- to work at a company with distributed teams.
If recruiting or retaining top-tier talent is a concern for you: go distributed. It's good for you. 💕