Work-at-home scams and false opportunities abound on the internet, which given the results of a new survey isn’t all that surprising — because everyone apparently wants to work home.
As it turns out, the work-at-home dream looms large on the wishlists of many American employees, and the good news is that as technology develops, on-site presence becomes less and less necessary to many companies.
Retail and service positions are immune to work-at-home trends, obviously, because no one can teleport your burger to your table or ring up your gallon of milk through a headset. But bricks and mortar jobs aside, American companies wishing to retain talent at a savings would do well to investigate work-at-home opportunities within their own workforces, given the number of people who would be amenable to the situation.
Citrix commissioned a study earlier in June of about 1,000 office workers across the US. The questions covered common workplace annoyances, as well as perks American cube farmers would enjoy if given their druthers.
Among those polled, annoying co-workers and inconsiderate bosses topped the poll, and not surprisingly, the desire among bogged down American workers to telecommute is strong.
64% of those polled have never been able to work at home, and would be willing to give up a big-deal perk for the privilege. According to the somewhat-confusingly worded press release, 32% would give up lunch breaks for a work at home shot, 25% would give up alcohol (at work?), and 20% would eschew coffee to work from the living room in their PJs.
As for the old pajama stereotype, those who do work at home, 49% do so in a t-shirt and jeans. Only 25% wear PJs and 7% go even more casual than that — working from home in their undies or nothing at all. VP of corporate marketing at Citrix, Kim DeCarlis, says:
“These findings show what all of us who work in offices know — life at the office can often be challenging. This survey shows that companies will benefit by being more flexible in allowing employees to work from anywhere.”
“Enabling people to blend their professional and personal lives can boost morale as well as productivity. And there are plenty of tools and technologies today that empower people to do their jobs from any location. That’s a win-win for companies and employees alike.”
Is working at home your number one on your career wish list?