FlexJobs Survey Finds 65% of Workers Are More Productive Working from Home

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15 Higher-paying, executive-level remote jobs demonstrate the possibilities of remote work

“If they want to maximize their employees’ productivity, smart employers need to seriously consider the feedback from their staff that they’re being more productive outside the traditional office environment,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs

According to FlexJobs’ 7th annual survey of more than 3,100 respondents interested in work flexibility, 65% of workers think they would be more productive working from home than working in a traditional office environment. Fewer distractions (75%), fewer interruptions from colleagues (74%), reduced stress from commuting (71%), and minimal office politics (65%) are the top reasons people prefer their home office. It is estimated that 60% or less of work time is actually spent productively.

“If they want to maximize their employees’ productivity, smart employers need to seriously consider the feedback from their staff that they’re being more productive outside the traditional office environment,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “People across generations and various demographics, such as working parents, freelancers, introverts, those managing chronic illnesses, caretakers, and many more, may have different reasons for why they’re more productive telecommuting, but the bottom line is workers across the board say they get more work done from their home office,” Sutton concluded.

Work flexibility appeals to workers across career and education levels as well. Sixty-nine percent of respondents to FlexJobs’ survey had at least a bachelor’s degree, 30% had a graduate degree, and 32% were manager level or higher. Eighteen percent of respondents make more than $75,000. To help job seekers interested in finding higher-level professional jobs where they can work from home, and to debunk the myth that remote work is only suitable for lower-paying, lower-skilled jobs, FlexJobs has also compiled a list of higher-paying, manager/executive-level jobs with remote work options.

Chief Executive Officer - CEO
Salary range: $155,000-$312,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Vice President, President

Chief Financial Officer - CFO
Salary range: $128,000-$214,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Virtual Chief Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer Advisory Senior Consultant

Chief Marketing Officer - CMO
Salary range: $170,000-$256,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Marketing Director, Senior Marketing Manager

Cloud Solutions Architect
Salary range: $117,000-$159,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Senior Cloud Solution Architect, Google Cloud Solution Architect, Cloud Architect

Finance Director
Salary range: $110,000-$158,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Director of Finance, Finance Manager

IT Program Manager
Salary range: $111,000-$147,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Technical Program Manager

Nurse Practitioner
Salary range: $92,000-$117,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Nurse Practitioner - Clinical Advisor, Nurse Practitioner - Telephonic On Call

Pharmacist
Salary range: $111,000-$133,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Oncology Pharmacist, Detailing Pharmacist, Pharmacist - Clinical Advisor

Physician
Salary range: $140,00-$222,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Telemedicine - Physician, Physician Reviewer, Physician Advisor

Principal Scientist
Salary range: $120,000-$150,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Principal Statistical Scientist, Scientist Consultant

Psychiatrist
Salary range: $197,000-$280,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Child Psychiatrist, Behavioral Medical Director (Psychiatrist), Telepsychiatry

Sales Director
Salary range: $98,000-$151,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Director of Sales, Senior Sales Director, Regional Sales Director

Senior User Experience Designer
Salary range: $100,000-$135,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Senior User Experience Strategist, Senior User Experience (UX) Researcher

Strategy Manager
Salary range: $99,000-$133,000
Related work-from-home job titles: Manager - Strategy Consulting, Director of Strategy

Vice President, Operations
Salary range: $124,000-$196,000
Related work-from-home job titles: VP - Facilities Operations, VP - Integrated Facilities Management

Additional key findings of the FlexJobs survey include:

About Today’s Flexible Job Seekers:

  • Since 2013, work-life balance (76%), family (44%), time savings (42%), and commute stress (42%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
  • 61% have left or considered leaving a job because it did not have work flexibility.
  • 100% telecommuting is the most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement (80%), followed by flexible schedules (71%).
  • Of those who telecommuted in 2017, 22% telecommuted more this year than last year.
  • 97% are interested in being a flexible worker in the long term.
  • Only 3% of respondents worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression.
  • 83% of respondents know someone who telecommutes.

Employers Experience Bottom-Line Benefits from Telecommuters:

  • Work-life balance (73%) was ranked more important than salary (70%) when evaluating a job prospect.
  • 76% of respondents also said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options.
  • 28% of respondents said they would take a pay cut in exchange for the option to telecommute.
  • Only 8% of workers said they prefer going to the office to do important work.

Opinions on Workplace Issues:

  • Only 16% said the gender pay gap and gender inequality were not problems in the workplace.
  • Nearly half said they have felt discrimination in the workplace because of their gender.
  • 39% think the various generations work well together in the workplace, 54% said somewhat but there is room for improvement, and 7% said there is definitely tension.

Health and Happiness:

  • 45% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 52% said it would have a positive impact.
  • 77% of respondents said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.) and 86% said they’d be less stressed.

For the full list of survey findings, conducted in August 2018, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/2018-annual-survey-finds-workers-more-productive-at-home or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner (at) flexjobs (dot) com.

*Demographic breakdown of the 3,100 respondents: Gender: women (78%), men (22%); Ages: 20-39 (28%), 40-59 (54%), 60+ (17%); Education: high school degree or equivalent (5%), some college but no degree (16%), associate or bachelor’s degree (48%), graduate degree (30%); Career level: entry-level (10%), experienced (58%), manager (20%), senior level or higher (12%). 32% work at companies with fewer than 50 employees, 28% are at companies with 51-1,000 employees, 28% are at companies with more than 1,000 employees. 19% make more than $75,000, with 26% making less than $25,000.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is committed to helping people find a better way to work. As the leading online service for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs, FlexJobs offers opportunities in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level and executive to freelance and full-time. FlexJobs also sets itself apart by providing job seekers with a better, safer, and more efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible jobs. Having helped over 3 million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared in CNN, CNBC, Time, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. To further assist people in bettering their lives through flexible and remote work, FlexJobs' founder and CEO, Sara Sutton, has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote, and distributed teams.

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