The “body-in seat” fallacy is one I’ve followed for well over a decade and COVID-19 may finally tip the scales. I’m talking about “… [The] insidious attitude permeating many companies; that when employees have their bodies-in-their-seats, it means they’re productive.”
The author of the article “When Your Employees Are Remote, You Have To Stop The Body-In-Seat Mentality” puts this issue directly in the cross-hairs and explains exactly why it’s a problem.
“…[T]here’s much to be said for focusing on the results someone achieves rather than how long they sit in front of a computer. But when we’re operating with a body-in-seat mentality, we’re de facto telling people, ‘it’s not what you get done but how long you sit there that matters.'”
He further goes on to explain why top freelancers are more productive and how they do it. I highly recommend having a full read if productivity is of concern.