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Three in Four IT Workers Surveyed Say Telecommuting Option is at Least Somewhat Important When Evaluating a Job Offer

Nearly Same Percentage of IT Workers Also Say They Primarily Prefer Working On Site

Feb 27, 2013

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Telecommuting continues to dominate the news and water-cooler discussions this week – everyone seems to have an opinion about whether it helps or hinders companies and their employees. New research from Robert Half Technology illustrates the dual views on telecommuting:

  • In a survey of more than 3,300 IT Workers conducted by Robert Half Technology three in four IT workers said a remote working option was at least somewhat important when considering a new job opportunity.
  • Conversely, 74 percent of IT workers also say they generally prefer working on-site versus remotely.
  • Among respondents who preferred working on-site, the majority indicated they appreciate the camaraderie involved with working face-to-face.  
  • Among those who preferred remote working arrangements, the majority cited increased productivity due to fewer interruptions and the lack of a commute as the reasons for their preference.

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An infographic highlighting these results is available here:

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Full Survey Results:

How important to you is a remote working option when deciding whether to accept a job offer?

Answer

%

Very important

23%

Somewhat important

52%

Not important

25%

Total

100%

In general, do you prefer to work remotely or on-site within a company?

Answer

%

On-site

74%

Remotely

26%

Total

100%

If you prefer working on-site, why?

Answer

%

Like the camaraderie/being around people

40%

Important for career growth to have face time in the office

26%

Hard to collaborate or have "on the fly" meetings remotely

20%

It's hard to focus when I work from home

10%

Other (Please list)

4%

Total

100%

If you prefer working remotely, why?

Answer

%

Greater productivity because of fewer interruptions

39%

No commute

38%

Prefer not to have to socialize, work with a lot of people

1%

Able to better manage my work/personal obligations

19%

Other (Please list)

3%

Total

100%

SOURCE Robert Half Technology

For further information: Joshua Brost, +1-650-234-6249, joshua.brost@rhi.com


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