To clump everyone in the same boat and say that productivity would be no different when working remotely is laughable.
Firstly not every office job can be done remotely. Especially when dealing with sensitive information etc. And even if it can be moved say to the home, who will pay for the set-up and manage connects to the home? The company? You are dreaming. That might be fine for a large corporation to bear that expense, but what about small to medium businesses with already tight margins. Do you expect them to say "No problem, we'll wear the cost for you to work at home"? Youâ€™re delusional.
Secondly, you fail to take into consideration each person has different !$%*!$%*!$%*! at home. I for example have 2 children under the age of 2. Between them mucking up, the wife trying the keep order and trying to get chores done, how productive do you think i could be working at home? Not very. It's not that i don't want to be productive, it's the environment around me that would prevent me from being productive. Do you think fellow employees would appreciate having a 2 year old screaming at the top of their lungs while i am on a conference call with them? Or how about when dealing with customers?
You fail to understand that sometimes it is not about productivity rather than providing a safe, unrestrictive, relatively quite place to perform your duties without being disturbed. Not every manager is in the face of their employees, and letâ€™s be frank, the employees that are treated like that deserve it! Most managers leave you to do what you do best, and that's to do your job.
I am not saying that working at home never works. It's just that it doesn't work for everyone and for every company. So give it a break and realise that maybe we work in offices for a reason.