The move by employees to create a more balanced telework policy is long overdue (“Remote Work Is the New Signing Bonus”, Exchange, June 26). I appreciate the desire to reduce the wasted time commuting, but employers in industries like software and biotechnology are at their own risk if they put property savings or employee satisfaction over innovation and effectiveness. What happens to the brainstorm when people are not in the same room? Or tough cases of tech support when you can’t wander down the hall to find the engineer?

Employees hired in the past 15 months have bypassed acculturation and post-work retention, which are essential for team cohesion. An innovative company is more than a group of machines that perform individual tasks. Apple and Adobe got it right: a middle ground that reduces unnecessary commuting while also encouraging the creativity and teamwork made possible by personal interaction.

Joel West

Claremont, California.