Our founders/executives just "banned" work from home. Is that wise for a tech start-up?

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    Step one to the bureaucracy. It all depends on the company dynamic.
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    do you have any more reasons for us to go upon?
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    Depends on the employees within the company. Some employees use the working hours of the day to not be as productive as they could be because they know they have a work from home cushion.

    If that's the case here, it may make sense to ban working from home, especially for a tech startup. Time to market is everything, and employees are more likely to meet daily and weekly deadlines if they are forced to get their work done within a working shift.
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    Only way I'll agree to continue working at a company that does this is if it is within walking distance from my home.
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    That sucks! It could make sense to restrict the amount of working from home, but completely ban it? Seems to me like a choice that'll scare off some people if anything.
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    If it's a startup and they can afford to pay for their office it's reasonable.
    They could have hired freelancers to do your job
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    @darkcode I don't get your point. You mean that you've met employees being less productive *in the office* because they knew they could work from home? I don't see the connection here, but I must be missing your point.
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    It's a startup. Yes, time to market is everything. It so happened that few days several people had decided to work from home. And, that sprints velocity was not at all good.

    But, that's some people. I'm usually more productive at home, because of fewer interruptions. They should atleast provide a choice of 4 wfh per month. To be taken any time you want. Completely banning is only creates a rigid culture, and can easily lead to burnout. As it is we work on some weekends. Many commute a minimum of 2.5 hours everyday. Imagine the exhaustion you're not experiencing. I think it's healthy to encourage tech workers to work remotely. Wherever you're working from, it is still WORK!
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    @hiestaa yes. I've met, and worked with, people that procrastinate, knowing that if something is due at 8am, they have until 7:59am to mark it complete.

    This leads to inefficiencies that usually carry over to code. Some developers that have an extra 12 hours to find a solution to a problem never push to find the most efficient route to the solution, whereas that same problem, given to a developer that won't work overtime from home, will push themselves to find a solution before 5 pm home time.

    Again, it all depends on the employees. I am a senior developer and a partner at my agency, and I actively encourage all of our onsite and remote employees to use their home time for whatever makes them happy, as long as it isn't work.

    As a result, our devs, for the most part, meet their deadlines and work together to find efficient solutions to enable them not have to work from home.
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