Employees Willing to Give Up Perks for Telecommuting
Ten percent of the Staples survey respondents said they would take a salary reduction to keep the telecommuting benefit.Telecommuting is increasingly attractive to employees, with 71 percent of telecommuters saying it’s an important benefit when considering a new job, according to a survey from office supply store Staples. Employees also cited reduced stress as a major telecommuting benefit (69 percent), up significantly from 48 percent in 2013. The study also revealed an overwhelming majority of employees (88 percent) believe telecommuting is a win-win for both them and their company. It appears that employers also agree with this sentiment, with 65 percent of employers who allow their workers to telecommute reporting happier employees, and one-third of employers reported less absenteeism in the workforce when telecommuting is allowed. "When a few companies recently banned telecommuting, it sparked a debate on the benefits of such programs," Paul Mullen, vice president of technology solutions for Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, said in a statement. "Our survey clearly shows the benefits. Not only does telecommuting lead to a happier workforce, it’s also a critical benefit to have from a recruiting standpoint. Employers who are flexible and support their staff with the tools they need to telecommute have a definite recruiting advantage."
Achieving a better work-life balance ranked as the top reason employees like telecommuting, cited by nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents, up from No. 2 last year.