As a teenager doing freelance Web design, Chris Nagele was a workplace free spirit. His office was wherever he could plug in a computer.
That's precisely how his company, Wildbit, would continue to function for 11 years as it evolved from consulting to now exclusively building software.
"We were doing the virtual company thing," recalled Nagele, now 32.
Then, about a year ago, came a dramatic philosophical shift. He and his business partner and wife, Natalie Nagele, wanted to be with their employees, not just communicate with them via the phone or computer. Bringing Wildbit employees to a centralized work address had become a more practical option because the...