One of our biggest complaints we had with our corporate jobs in the US was the focus on facetime, or presence in the office. Even if there was no work to be done, we were expected to remain in the office until it was an acceptable time to leave. We found it was much easier to get distracted by our co-workers too. Remote working allows employees to focus on their tasks and work on their own time, which is a much more efficient way to get stuff done. Companies seem to be recognizing this and are trending to more flexible working schedules, but it’s likely to be a very long time before offices get phased out.
Remote working obviously has its drawbacks, and we’ve experienced a loss in productivity when the 3 of us are separated for long periods of time. Collaboration becomes much harder, and it’s difficult to keep tabs on other employees. But overall the benefits outweigh the costs.