Telecommuters Have Highest Job Satisfaction Levels

It's not just my opinion anymore. Although I've previously believed this correlation to be true, my sample size of one (myself) doesn't really prove anything. But today the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent survey that corroborates my view. In summary, 73% of folks in the survey who work at home are "satisfied" with their jobs compared to 64% of office workers. Unfortunately, the article doesn't give enough information about the survey methodology to fully judge the accuracy of the results. For example, were the work-at-home folks and the office folks doing the same types of jobs? However, based on my experience, I'm inclined to believe the results.


From the article:
"When companies allow employees to work remotely or from home, they are explicitly communicating to them that 'I trust you to be dedicated to the accomplishment of the work, even if I'm not able to observe you doing it,' " says Jack Wiley..., "It boils down to respect," he says. "I respect you and I have confidence in your commitment to the work -- to do this under the conditions and at the time you feel will be most productive for you."


I agree wholeheartedly!

Comments:

Cool! I hope employers will listen and allow more people to be like you.

Posted by Loraine on September 17, 2007 at 11:52 PM MDT #

Telecommuting no doubt is a source of satisfaction
I have stumbled on research that says professions
that help people provide the greatest satisfaction.
I must admit that I have found satisfaction in both.
I have a recent post on what professions provide
people the highest satisfaction. Worth a peek at
http://thoughtleadership.blogspot.com

Posted by George Eby Mathew on October 24, 2007 at 05:41 PM MDT #

I'm thoroughly convinced that the telecommuting segment of the labor force will grow very large very soon. As job satisfaction (a soft metric) collides with the crushing price of gas (an everyday in-your-face metric), we can expect to see a lot more statistics and anecdotal evidence of just how "green" telecommuting is and how it can be a win-win proposition for companies and workers alike.

Posted by Arlan Dean on May 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM MDT #

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