They’re not gonna take it: employees want to work from home, and soon, the behind-the-times employees who don’t have a WFH policy aren’t doing to be able to stop them. Consider this: more than one in four U.S. knowledge workers have quit a job because their company didn’t offer flexible or remote work benefits.
That’s just one finding of a new study from Zapier, an automation app from small business and one of the first and largest companies to have an entirely remote workforce. Zapier commissioned an online survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, which surveyed American knowledge workers (meaning those who work in a professional setting and use a computer as part of their job) for a detailed look at their feelings about remote work.
As it turns out, almost everyone wants to work remotely, at least sometimes. About 74% of respondents said they’d be willing to quit their job to work at home, and over one in four said they’d like to try it, but their company didn’t allow it. Overall, 95% of U.S. knowledge workers said they wanted to work remotely.
Top reasons to work remote
The top reason is to save money (48%), the freedom to work anywhere (47%), and the work-life balance perk of more time with family. (44%). But that’s not all – 18% said it was because they wanted to spend more time with their pets.
Less opportunity for women
The women surveyed value working from home more – but are less likely to get that option. Women were more likely than men to say the option to work remotely is one of the work perks they would most prefer to be offered by an employer (62% vs. 52%). However, fully 40% of female employees say they don’t work remotely because their company doesn’t allow it compared to just 25% of men.
Getting more done, getting people in the door
Companies that are wary to embrace work-from-home might think about the productivity benefits. A healthy percentage of employees (42% think they are most productive working from home, while 32% feel they accomplish more in the office.
There’s also the recruitment and retention factor. In a tight labor market, a company with a work-from-home policy stands head and shoulders over others, even with companies that have more traditionally attractive compensation packages.
Working remotely is a highly desirable perk – nearly three in five knowledge workers (57%) say the chance to work remotely is one of the perks they’d most prefer to be offered by an employer. They choose remote work over been-there-done-that perks like free daily lunch (42%), unlimited vacation time (39%), and recreational activities like ping pong or foosball (25%).
The offices of the future may be your living room
The majority of workers believe the traditional workplace with be out-of-date within the next ten years, with most positions being performed remotely. About two in three knowledge workers (66%) believe the traditional office setting will be obsolete for most roles by 2030.
The times, they are a’ changing. And switching to remote work is the least of those changes.