What would you give up to keep working remotely?

We’ve recently reported research explaining exactly why telecommuters are happier than those that work in a traditional office setting. In a similar vein, Staples is releasing a survey Tuesday on web worker happiness, but rather than capture why remote workers are content with their lot, Staples aims to get at exactly how thrilled they are to not have to go into the office.

To capture the sheer quantity of joy telecommuting brings, Staples Advantage asked 140 telecommuters what they would give up to continue working from home, and it turns out they were willing to make some significant sacrifices:

  • 54 percent were willing to sacrifice their favorite TV show.
  • 48 percent would give up an hour of sleep.
  • 40 percent would stop eating a favorite food.
  • And 40 percent would even be willing to take a pay cut.

How much was telecommuting worth to those who were willing to give up a portion of their salary? 74 percent said they’d take a 2-5 percent pay cut, while 20 percent say they would part with 10 percent of their pay.

To dig deeper and find out why telecommuters valued the ability to work flexibly so highly, Staples also asked a series of questions about the benefits of telecommuting. The responses revealed exactly how beneficial many workers find telecommuting to be:

  • Respondents said their stress levels have dropped 25 percent on average since working from home.
  • 76 percent of telecommuters said that without a commute to worry about they are willing to put in extra time on work.
  • The same percentage said they are more loyal to their company since telecommuting.
  • More than 80 percent said they now maintain a better work-life balance.
  • 73 percent of those polled claim to eat healthier when working from home.

What would you be willing to give up to keep the right to work flexibly?

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