Workers Want Less Office Time in Lieu of Pay Rise
Over three quarters of the workforce has agreed that if pay rises are not forthcoming, they want more flexibility to work away from the office…
As many as 78% of workers surveyed by software supplier TeamViewer identified flexible working as the key to maintaining job satisfaction in a world less willing to hand out pay rises.
68% would consider working from home full-time and 50% would rather not have to travel at the whim of their employer.
However, only 25% of respondents have never received permission from their company to work from home, except in an emergency.
Working from Home: Not Always Ideal
In the same survey, respondents who longed to work from home identified faster connectivity (55%), working from bed (13%), the idea of working in the garden (14%) and cooking while working (7%) as the key temptations.
But is that the reality of working from home full time?
One potential pitfall of remote working is the fact that many feel they have to work harder than required to protect their job away from the office.
And in a world that has not fully embraced what Boris Johnson famously called ΓÇÿthe skiverΓÇÖs paradiseΓÇÖ that is working from home, many find it difficult to maintain professionalism and be taken seriously by peers who feel theyΓÇÖve taken an easy option.
Lack of support and an empty house only exacerbates such feelings of isolation.
Remote access to the job has also been found to be a strain not just on the worker, but family and friends. In fact a survey by Good Technology undertaken earlier this year found that 33% checked their emails first thing on a Saturday morning and 30% during dinner.
Does Home Working Replace a Pay Rise?
Despite the reality that setting up at home is not always a solution to the difficulties of having to work in an office, a huge number of people are still committed to the idea as they may find it resolves impracticalities and improves work-life balance.
It may also cancel out a lack of pay rise, a key factor identified by the respondents to TeamViewerΓÇÖs survey. The impact on household bills is considered minimal against the savings from the rising cost of petrol by giving up the commute.
And as if that wasnΓÇÖt enough, 33% would demand a contribution towards their utility bills from their employer if allowed to work from home.
Do you long to work from home or do you love the office? As a home worker, has it been a success or a struggle for you? Share your experience in the comments below.