User Question: why working from home is valuable?
I will just speak to this from my personal experience as a software engineer and digital worker.
Digital jobs don't roll like traditional brick and mortar jobs. The beauty of software and programming is that things are measured by results, not by physical presence.
I remember couple years back, there was a big snow and I was trying to make it to work. There was no bus so I had to take a walk down hill. Then I got a call from my boss that our website got some issues (where in fact, it was just a minor issue). Anyhow I turned quickly walking back home to fix the issue. But the road was too slippery so I fell and broke my ankle muscle, ugh! It was hard and I felt the acute pain in my ankle, I could only walk with one leg dragging along the other leg.
The following days, I should have taken medical leave but I still came in to work every day walking with a limp. This is because there was no resource available to back me up. The broken ankle muscle took months to recover itself and years later, it would still hurt when the weather turned cold.
I didn't bother to go to the doctors for a treatment since I was trying to save some money as I am always weary about medical bills (too bad the company's medical insurance sucks).
So, just think about the lost productivity this caused due to sick leaves. Although I didn't do sick leave, but I would have done so had it happen again nowadays. It would be a huge lost to the employer.
I think any digital companies should allow their employees to occasionally work from home. This would especially boost the morale and improve employee loyalty to the company.