Survey: Work-at-home option boosts morale

Workers are 87 percent more likely to love their jobs if they work from home.
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Workers are 87 percent more likely to love their jobs if they work from home.

Though many companies — such as boat dealerships and manufacturers — certainly can’t justify many roles as stay-at-home positions, it might be worth evaluating those that could lend themselves to being filled by remote workers, a Forbes blog suggests.

Only 24 percent of people who work in an office say they love their jobs, but 38 percent of mobile workers and a whopping 45 percent of telecommuting workers love their jobs.

Leadership IQ surveyed 3,478 employees using an online test called, “Is Your Personality Suited To Working Remotely Or In The Office?” (Readers can take it here.)

“We discovered that people who work from home (i.e., telecommuting) are almost twice as likely to love their jobs than employees who work in traditional co-located work-sites (like office buildings),” wrote contributor Mark Murphy of Leadership IQ.

Mobile workers, or those who used multiple workspaces or who were in and out of the office, were about 58 percent more likely to love their job than their office-based peers.

The company also collected data showing that those who worked remotely were significantly more ambitious than their office-dwelling counterparts and were more likely to work longer hours (or pull an all-nighter) to hit deadlines.

“The data suggests that to love working remotely you’ve got to have a hard-charging, go-getter, self-motivated mindset,” Murphy wrote. “To work remotely and love it requires striving harder and working longer. And while that’s certainly not for everybody, those traits are a far cry from the negative stereotypes we often hear.”

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