Workers are more productive at home, survey says
September 11, 2017
• Flexible hours can be a strong recruitment tool
• Two-thirds of professionals think they would be more productive working remotely
The office is not the place where workers are the most productive, says a new survey.
According to FlexJobs’ sixth annual survey of more than 5,500 respondents, 66 percent of professionals think they would be more productive working remotely than in a traditional office.
Flexible work appeals to a wide variety of professionals for different reasons, the survey says.
Since 2013, work-life balance (78 percent), family (49 percent), time savings (46 percent), and commute stress (45 percent) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work, the company says.
Time savings and commute stress may be related, it says, noting that 71 percent said they have had round-trip commutes of over an hour. Other highly ranked factors include avoiding office politics and distractions (39 percent) and travel (30 percent).
People interested in work flexibility evaluate job prospects with that in mind. Respondents said the “most important factors” considered when they evaluate a job prospect are:
Work-life balance (72 percent)
Flexible schedule and salary (tie) (69 percent)
Telecommuting (60 percent)
Meaningful work (57 percent)
Work schedule (48 percent)
Location (45 percent)
Company reputation (40 percent)
Health insurance (37 percent)
Professional challenge (36 percent)
Company culture (34 percent)
Career progression (30 percent)
401(k)/retirement benefits and vacation time (tie) (29 percent)
Skills training and education options (28 percent)
Amount of travel required (25 percent)
Nearly two out of three (62 percent) sat they have left or considered leaving a job because it did not have work flexibility.
Almost half (45 percent) say a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 52 percent say it would have a positive impact.
Telecommuting remains the most popular form of flexible work, they survey says, and those who’ve already worked remotely are increasing the amount of time they spend working from home. Of those who telecommuted in 2016, 23 percent telecommuted more this year than last year.
Asked whether they would be more productive working remotely or in a traditional office space, respondents said:
• More productive in a home office (66 percent)
• Probably about the same productivity (32 percent)
• Less productive in a home office (2 percent)
That’s understandable when you consider their answers to this question: “Where do you go when you really need to get something done for work?”
• My home or my home office (52 percent)
• The office during regular office hours, because it’s not an option to leave (25 percent)
• The office during regular office hours, because it’s where I’m most productive (7 percent)
• The office before/after regular office hours (8 percent)
• A library, coffee shop, or co-working space (6 percent)