I once worked for a startup and I was very productive. I build two new products from a remote location for the company that resulted in tens of $Millions in new sales. I would work all day from a quiet place all by myself (no meetings, interruptions, etc.). A few years later, the company changed management and they wanted to 'cut the fat' from development. I happened to be working part-time at the time (recovering from burn-out) but was still very productive. It didn't matter at all to those bean counters that they were getting multiple dollars in value from me for every dollar they paid me, and they let me go. Luckily, I had founders stock and made out pretty well when the company sold. Otherwise, I would have been very ticked. I'm sure they used some meaningless statistic to justify getting rid of some really good programmers.