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I'm more prone to believe the answer is dull and not well-defined, on the likes of:

- We really don't know how to deal with the differences, and it is scary to try;

- There are some company process that we are afraid of changing to accommodate telecommuting;

- The risks and costs outweigh the benefits, or the benefits are fuzzy while the risks and costs are clear;

- etc

Those are the excuses. I think the actual reasons are much more sad, visceral and disgusting.

Yep. I bet this covers 95% of cases.

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