People who work remotely (telecommuters at home or mobile workers at multiple locations) are significantly more likely to love their jobs, according to a recent survey from Leadership IQ.
More specifically, only 24% of people who work in an office say they love their jobs, while 38% of mobile workers and a whopping 45% of telecommuting workers say they love their jobs. The survey of 3,478 employees in January used an online test called Is Your Personality Suited To Working Remotely Or In The Office?.
When it comes to productivity, the survey found that of the workers who love their jobs, remote workers (telecommuting at 85% and mobile workers at 87%) are clearly more likely to say they’re willing to pull all-nighters to finish a critical project than their office-based peers (76%).
While telecommuting has not gotten the traction some HR experts expected it would get, the survey does demonstrate that employers looking to boost engagement might reconsider telecommuting where and when it makes sense.
The data suggests that to love working remotely, employees have to have a hard-charging, go-getter, self-motivated mindset, so it's not for everyone. The article also questions whether those low engagement numbers being reported across American business within the past few years might be at least partially related to the fact that most people still are working in an office when they could be more productive at home.