Let’s play a game.
It goes like this: What would you give up in order to work from home?
Would you give up Facebook? Vacation days? Chocolate?
This is an actual question that TeamViewer, an online communications provider, asked 2,600 people. Perhaps unsurprisingly, would-be telecommuters are willing to give up a lot.
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In fact, 34% of those surveyed would give up social media, and 30% would gladly throw texting to the wind (really?). Smartphones are a little harder to take away—only 25% would sacrifice them in order to work from their living rooms.
Among other notable sacrifices:
- 29% would give up chocolate
- 20% would give up shopping
- 17% would give up a salary increase
- 15% would give up half of their vacation days
In fact, 54% of people think that they would be “at least as productive working from home as they were from the office,” and another 32% think they would be even more so. That’s 86% whose productivity would be unaffected or positively impacted by telecommuting.
Of course, this survey was mostly in good fun (to our knowledge, you can’t trade chocolate for work flexibility, but definitely let us know when that happens). The TeamViewer general manager sees it as an indication that telecommuting is on the rise, saying that, ”While the results of this survey may seem amusing, these findings show that telecommuting will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.”
Just for kicks: What would you give up for greater work flexibility? Tell us in the comments!