Home and Office - Workers Want It All
Hudson Survey Finds Many Employees Want to Work in Both Settings
NEW YORK, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- While only 23 percent of U.S. employees work from home or are given that option, most of the work force (59 percent) believes that telecommuting at least part-time is the ideal work situation. This includes the 38 percent who think a mix of coming into the office and working from home is preferable and the 21 percent who say working at home is the best. These findings come from a new Hudson survey on worker productivity. Even among workers who are not given the choice, half report that working away from the office at least sometimes would be their preference. But those who have the option of clocking in from home take advantage of it when they can - 38 percent work from home a minimum of once a week. Just 20 percent rarely or never choose this option. "As competition for talent heats up, employers will be forced to consider alternative retention tactics such as permitting telecommuting," according to Peg Buchenroth, managing director, compensation and benefits, Hudson Highland Group. "While this is not feasible in all situations, most employees want the flexibility to be able to get work done without going into the office at least every once in a while." Despite technologies that allow employees to put in time while heading to and from work, three-quarters (73 percent) rarely or never get work done during their commute. However, only 57 percent of entrepreneurs say the same. This group is twice more likely than all workers to accomplish work-related tasks at least once a week during their commute (22 percent compared to 11 percent). Nevertheless, workers realize the value of in-person communication. A resounding 83 percent of the work force indicates that face-to-face meetings are the most productive. Only 10 percent of employees believe that virtual meetings (held over the telephone or online) get more done. When given the choice of just phone or email for an important conversation, most workers (59 percent) choose telephone; 26 percent prefer electronic communication. Other survey findings include: - Managers are more likely than non-managers to have the option of telecommuting (20 percent compared to 10 percent). - While 29 percent of all employees work from home more than once a week, the figure rises to 40 percent among workers with children at home. - Nearly two in five (37 percent) entrepreneurs consider always working from home to be the ideal work situation. The Hudson productivity survey is based on a national poll of 1,911 U.S. workers conducted July 6-10, 2006 and was compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm (www.RasmussenReports.com). The margin of sampling error for a survey based on this number of interviews is approximately +/-2 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. A more detailed data report is available at www.hudson-index.com. Hudson, one of the world's leading professional staffing, outsourcing and talent management solutions providers, also publishes the Hudson Employment Index(SM), a monthly measure of the U.S. work force's confidence in the employment market. The next Hudson Employment Index will be released on August 2. Hudson Hudson delivers specialized professional staffing, outsourcing, and talent management solutions worldwide. From single placements to total solutions, the firm helps clients achieve greater organizational performance by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for their businesses. Hudson is a division of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. one of the world's leading professional staffing, retained executive search and talent management solutions providers. The company employs more than 3,800 professionals serving clients and candidates in more than 20 countries through its Hudson and Highland Partners businesses. More information is available at www.hudson.com. Contact: Sarah Kafenstok Anshula Ahluwalia Hudson Ogilvy Public Relations (312) 795-4202 (312) 397-6074 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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