I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to improve their climate literacy so as to understand the projected impacts from the expanding climate crisis and how to adapt their workplaces in the face of these impacts.

We agree wholeheartedly with this comment by Sean Kane of Upwork:

“In fact, a practiced distributed team can be more effective than a co-located team because the need for physical presence becomes insignificant.”

We would argue that a distributed team can move faster than a co-located team. One of the primary reasons for that is that distributed teams can, because of asynchronous communication, be in constant dialogue with each other, whereas in most co-located teams communication happens in real-time, which by its nature is time consuming and you have to wait for everyone to be in the same space at the same time.