Just About Everyone Wants to Work From Home: Survey

A new survey on work flexibility proves that most professionals really do want to work from home.

FlexJobs’ recent survey racked up over 3,000 respondents, with 65 percent reporting they’d be “more productive” working from home. Their reasoning is interesting:

  • 75 percent felt home had fewer distractions.
  • 74 percent feel working in solitude at home would mean fewer interruptions from colleagues.
  • 71 percent just don’t want to commute.
  • 65 percent want to minimize their exposure or involvement in office politics.

FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton underscores a better work-life balance as the reason why remote work is becoming more important. “People across generations and various demographics, such as working parents, freelancers, introverts, those managing chronic illnesses, caretakers, and many more, may have different reasons for why they’re more productive telecommuting,” she wrote in a statement, “but the bottom line is workers across the board say they get more work done from their home office.”

Respondents to FlexJobs’ survey say a work-life balance is more important than money. Some 73 percent say they’d rather have a balance between the office and home, while 70 percent say money is still their main driver. And 76 percent say they’d be more loyal to their employer if they had the option to work remotely; meanwhile, 28 percent say they’d take a pay cut if they were given the option to work from home.

Only eight percent say going into the office is critical.

These survey findings echo our Dice Salary Survey. In it, salary remains the “primary motivator” an employer can provide, but flexible work location/telecommuting is a very close second. Flexible work hours and more vacation are also benefits that tech pros want from employers.

The Dice Salary Survey also shows 22 percent of tech pros would rather work remotely full-time; 20 percent would be happy working from home half the time, while 18 percent would like to be able to work remotely more than half the time (but not all the time). Only three percent say they’d rather be in the office full-time.

There are a lot of considerations with FlexJobs’ findings (Is Slack less distracting than in-person interruptions? Does your home really have fewer distractions than the office?), but the takeaway solidifies how professionals feel about remote work. Tech pros actually want the ability to work from home more than the “average” employee; earlier this year, a HackerRank survey noted 80.5 percent of its tech pro respondents expressed the desire to work remotely.

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4 Responses to “Just About Everyone Wants to Work From Home: Survey”

  1. I just don’t get it!! What a person earns salary-wise has nothing to do with working from home and it’s not really a perk!! It’s a matter of being more productive.

    I do agree that it keeps me away from political baloney and general crap when in the office. I don’t like authority. I’m simply wired that way. Working from home keeps me away from that.

    Can we stop debating the work from home thing and just get on with doing it please?? Thank you

  2. Greg M. Thompson

    It would be interesting to hear from some managers on this topic. Their usual response as to why they want their people in the office is “Being in our open-space office fosters collaboration and team work.”. Which, in my experience, is total rubbish.

    Visit any open-space office, and most likely you’ll see the devs sitting with headphones on. This is because, they are trying to focus, and would prefer to not be interrupted. Even this distraction-avoidance solution does not totally work. Many devs have to work evenings and weekends at home, in order to focus, and complete their deliverables.

    As we all know, productivity is what is most important. The best managers should not give a two poops where their people work, as long as the deliverables are being met. The software tools are now in place that allow remote workers to collaborate and mingle. Slack, Skype, and all the rest.

    I’ve been working remote for the last year now. I’m absolutely loving it. I’m very happy and productive in my home office. I get to sit in my own office chair, that is custom built just for me. I haven’t had a cold, or illness, for several months. I no longer have to smell Sally’s kale and shrimp rice bowl, that she heated up in the microwave. I no longer have to listen to the product design guy yelling to his boss about how great it would be if the home view had a dancing chicken animation. I no longer have to sit in traffic for two hours a day. I no longer have to go to the gym at 9 in the evening, because I was either sitting in traffic, or sitting in a horrible open-space office for the previous 14 hours.

    By the way, companies could save a ton of money, if they didn’t have to purchase, or lease, thousands of square feet of expensive office space. They could be more selective about hiring, if they didn’t require their people to move to Seattle, or the bay area. The savings list goes on and on. It’s not rocket science.

    Ok. I think I’ve made my point. I’m going to call it a day, and make my 10-second commute to my couch. Cheers.

  3. I am a C# developer with over 10 years experience. I just finished a remote contract at home and would love to find another. That employer offered me a permanent position, but the commute was almost an hour for me. No thanks. If anyone needs a senior C# developer and will let me work from home at a little below market rate, please reply.

  4. Georgien

    Great that these statistics do not only show why people want to work from home, but that it’s also actually effective and beneficial for the employee. Today it’s so easy to work from home (of course, if your industry and type of job allows it) with smart devices, digital workspaces such as Best Place to Work, Workspace 365 or Cloud 1 Workspace, being able to get an internet connection basically anywhere and communication/collaboration tools like Skype, Yammer, Teams or Slack. And yes, personally I do find a chat tool such as Slack way less distracting than a colleague coming to talk to you personally. It is way easier to ignore a little notification on your screen than a person standing right next to you, demanding your immediate attention.