Well Happy Valentine’s Day! Your spouse would rather work in their pajamas all day then be married to you! According to a new study by TeamViewer, 5% of people said they would give up their spouse, so basically get divorced, in exchange for working from home. Wow. It is not a large number, but still. People really want to work from home. The study found that most Americans believe that more people want the option to telecommute (62%) with an overwhelming percentage (83%) believing that telecommuting is on the rise due to increasing technology access and the use of smartphones and tablets. Flexible work arrangements can reduce absences and company turnover which contributes to overall better production, according to a 2010 report from the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. According to the Wall Street Journal, as the number of highly-educated women entering the workforce increases, there will be more demand for them to have flexibility in their hours as they start families. Young people starting out in businesses are also pushing for more unconventional hours. Companies with flexible work hour arrangements include Best Buy, PNC Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Mills and KPMG LLP.
The desire is so strong to telecommute that people are willing to sacrifice some major things. The spouse was just the tip of the iceberg. Thirty-four percent said they would give up social media, 30% would give up texting, 25% would give up their smartphone, 17% would give up a pay cut, 15% would give up half of their vacation days and most importantly, 29% said they would give up chocolate. Chocolate! Some even admitted to be willing to forgo daily showers (12%). Interestingly, women were more willing give up their daily shower than men (14% vs. 10%, respectively). “While the results of this survey may seem amusing, these findings show that telecommuting will be a force to be reckoned with in the future,” said Holger Felgner, General Manager at TeamViewer. “TeamViewer gives people the freedom to work from anywhere at any time and on any device.”