SkipTheDrive conducted a survey in November 2014, comprising of current telecommuters in the United States who also have prior on-site experience working in a traditional office. Our objective was to gain insight as to the opinions between working from home vs. working on-site. Our respondents gave us great feedback as to how this work paradigm affects their stress levels, productivity, and their current career industry. This infographic beautifully illustrates the latest telecommuting statistics, as obtained from our survey:
Survey Questions & Results
Did your company hire you on as a telecommuter, or did you have to work on-site before telecommuting?
- My company hired me on as a telecommuter (32%)
- I had to first work on-site before telecommuting (68%)
Most people worked from home with their current company before working remotely. Perhaps employees had to prove themselves first. Perhaps it was a matter of circumstances, such as an employee having to move that led to this arrangement. Or perhaps (what we’re hoping for!) is that employers realized the cost-benefit of allowing employees to work remotely, and decided it was a good idea after all.
Are you more productive telecommuting (as compared to working on-site)?
- Yes, I am more productive while telecommuting (32%)
- No, I am less productive while telecommuting (12%)
- I am equally productive (56%)
To sum it up, this means that 88% of respondents feel just as productive (if not more productive) while telecommuting, while 12% feel less productive.
Do you feel less stressed telecommuting (as compared to working on-site)?
- Yes, I feel less stressed telecommuting (50%)
- No, I feel more stressed telecommuting (12%)
- About the same (38%)
It shouldn’t be a big surprise that 88% of respondents feel less stressed (or equally stressed) while working from home, while the minority (12%) feel more stressed working from home.
Which of the following is more appealing to you?
- Telecommuting (48%)
- A 10% salary increase for working on-site (52%)
This is interesting. It’s almost split down the middle!
What do you feel is the most important benefit that telecommuting offers?
- Being able to work from home (30%)
- Schedule flexibility (46%)
- Avoiding the daily commute (17%)
- Not having to face my boss on a daily basis (5%)
- Other (1%)
This was a surprise to us! We did not think schedule flexibility would win out over being able to work from home, but hey, flexibility is a major consideration for many people nowadays.
Which field do you currently work in?
- Administrative (10%)
- Customer Service (14%)
- Software/IT (10%)
- Data Entry (5%)
- Health Care (12%)
- Management (15%)
- Marketing/Advertising (5%)
- Sales (9%)
- Business Development (4%)
- Writing & Journalism (4%)
- Other (11%)
Some of the ‘Other’ responses were in fields such as Law/Legal, Academics/Education, and Accounting
Numbers don’t lie! This survey greatly excites us as to how employees feel about working remotely compared to working in the office. But what about employers? How do they feel about allowing employees to work from home? Is telecommuting simply a perk for employees? Nah, it’s mutually beneficial like we’ve been saying all along! This work paradigm is here to stay.
We’re happy to announce that we’ll soon be conducting another survey to employers and/or business owners that have a telecommuting policy in place. By obtaining data from an employer’s perspective, we can truly gain insight as to where this type of work policy is heading in the future.