More than half (51 percent) employees report that their home is their preferred place to work. 8 percent said they would choose a coffee shop, co-working space, library, or other place besides the office and another 8 percent would choose the office but only outside regular hours.
26 percent go to the office during regular hours to complete important work only because it’s not an option to go elsewhere. In a recent FlexJobs survey of more than 3,000 respondents interested in work flexibility, only 7 percent of workers say the office, during traditional work hours, is their location of choice for optimum productivity on work-related projects.
According to the survey, 65 percent of workers think they would be more productive telecommuting than working in a traditional workplace. The top reasons people say, they are more productive working at home versus the office include fewer interruptions from colleagues (76 percent), fewer distractions (75 percent), and less frequent meetings (69 percent). It’s estimated that up to six hours a day are lost on work interruptions, wasting 28 billion hours a year.
Other reasons people prefer their home office include a reduction in office politics (68 percent), reduced stress from commuting (67 percent), and a more comfortable office environment (51 percent).
“When the overwhelming majority of workers say that traditional office spaces are not conducive to inspiring their highest levels of productivity, something is clearly broken–certainly with the actual workplace environment, but more importantly with the corporate culture that isn’t addressing this problem,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
Additional key findings from the FlexJobs survey include:
Work Flexibility Benefits Diverse Audiences
Work flexibility appeals to diverse audiences and demographics for a wide variety of reasons.
Interest in Work Flexibility is High
Respondents place an extremely high value on work flexibility:
Employees report being willing to make bottom-line saving sacrifices in exchange for telecommuting options:
People surveyed believe flexible options would positively impact their health:
Reasons for Wanting Flexible Work
Since 2013, work-life balance (79 percent), family (52 percent), time savings (48 percent) and commute stress (47 percent) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
Types of Flexible Work
The most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement continues to be 100 percent telecommuting (86 percent), but flexible schedule (73 percent), partial telecommuting (49 percent), part-time (48 percent), alternative schedule (48 percent), and freelance (44 percent) are also in demand.
“Employers who continue to blindly reinforce antiquated ways of working are going to find themselves with lower performing, less engaged, and less happy employees, whereas those who explore more flexible workplace arrangements such as telecommuting and flexible schedule options are taking advantage of a great competitive opportunity for their company,” added Sara.