High-speed networks have made remote work much more common than it used to be. I for one applaud it. Yes, some employers suspect that employees working from home, coffee shops and co-working spaces aren't all that productive. The same high-speed networks that make remote work possible also bring distractions like Netflix. Another big fear, supposedly, is that remote work leads to isolation.
I think it's the other way around.
I support working remotely because I need talent that I can't get in my close geographic area. I also think A Good Company thrives from the diversity that working remotely brings. I like the fact that I get to work with people from all corners of the world, from all walks of life. It gives me a broader perspective on things. Rather than isolating us, it brings us closer together.
When I went to school, the war in Yugoslavia brought refugees to Sweden, my home country. Learning how to get along with people from a different background than my own made me a more open-minded and mature person. Less isolated. Less afraid of the outside world.
And less fear is something we all desperately need today.