Virtual Vocations Publishes the Results of Their National Work and Family Month Survey-A telecommuting work-life balance survey completed by 1,000+ jobseekers

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Virtual Vocations, the company behind the Web’s largest and most comprehensive telecommute-only jobs board, has released the findings of their most recent survey, which was conducted in honor of National Work and Family Month (NWFM). Virtual Vocations members had the opportunity to participate in a 10-question survey about the role telecommuting plays in their quest to achieve work-life balance.

Virtual Vocations NWFM 2016 Survey Results

Virtual Vocations NWFM 2016 Survey Results

Our hope is that more companies will view this information positively and look for ways to incorporate telecommuting and working remotely into their employment benefits, encouraging higher employee satisfaction and balance in both work and personal life.

The voluntary NWFM survey was distributed to registered Virtual Vocations members via email. From the 1,094 responses received, the company garnered valuable insight into the ways in which the desire to achieve greater work-life balance influences job seekers to opt for telecommuting opportunities over traditional, on-site employment.

Laura Spawn, CEO of Virtual Vocations explained, "With the increasing push towards balancing work and personal life, we thought it would be beneficial to find out directly from jobseekers using Virtual Vocations if their motivation for telecommuting aligned with what we are seeing among other companies and published reports. An astounding 89% of the respondents are looking to telecommute simply for more work-life balance, which tells us that people are definitely craving the benefits that flexible and remote work has to offer."


Survey responses submitted to Virtual Vocations provided greater detail about the structure of the U.S. telecommuting population. Among the more than 1,000 respondents, more than half are directly responsible for the care of children or elderly family members in their homes and 59.6% are over age 45.

Additionally, upwards of 60 percent of respondents are actively searching for telecommuting jobs and 82.8% would be willing to accept lower wages in exchange for the opportunity to work from home at least some of the time.


Virtual Vocations’ NWFM 2016 survey results highlight the degree to which boundaries between work and home can become blurred for telecommuters; yet, despite work-life balance challenges, U.S. workers would rather telecommute than work on-site:

34.7% of survey respondents report that their workplace does not support clear boundaries between work life and home life

Most respondents have been required to work remotely while on vacation

Nearly two-thirds of respondents admit to checking their work email outside of normal working hours

89% of survey respondents consider greater work-life balance to be one of their primary motivators for seeking telecommute jobs

Read the full report on Virtual Vocations’ National Work and Family Month survey results at Virtual Vocations.

About Virtual Vocations: Virtual Vocations is the largest and most comprehensive online database of telecommute-only jobs. Offering more than 40 diverse career categories and customizable search filters, Virtual Vocations is committed to helping job seekers gain an advantage in the competitive telecommute job market by finding quality job leads faster and easier. Virtual Vocations has assisted over half a million people in their search for flexible, telecommute jobs and is dedicated to bringing subscribers scam-free job leads that offer some form of telecommuting or virtual work. Virtual Vocations is a private, family-owned and 100% virtual company incorporated in Tucson, AZ.

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