You're not the only one who feels less productive at the office
Sitting down at a desk where you stare at a screen in a bland work environment might not exactly inspire you to fill out endless spreadsheets or respond to the emails piling up in your inbox. Admit it, you probably find yourself perusing Facebook and Googling your favorite childhood movie instead. Productivity goes out the window.
As you nod in agreement with this imagined work scenario, know that you are definitely not alone. Interested in how technology and remote careers have allowed employees to work in their preferred locations, FlexJobs.com surveyed 3,100 professionals ranging from 20-60 years of age, and asked them about effective workspaces and working remotely.
The survey found that more than half of the survey respondents — 64 percent –reported that they work best in a non-traditional office environment.
According to the survey, respondents disliked working in offices because of interruptions from co-workers, unnecessary meetings, and frustrating office politics. 51 percent of those surveyed said that their most productive workplace was their home.
In fact, 29 percent of respondents said they would happily take a 10-20 PERCENT PAY CUT if it meant that they got to work from home — probably in their pajamas with unwashed hair — ah, the life.
22 percent also said they would give up their vacation time if it meant they could work from home.
Work-from-home jobs are definitely not for everybody, but flexibility, comfortability, and freedom are certainly very attractive qualities unique to remote careers — and it seems they allow many of us to be more productive, too.