Monday Sep 17, 2007

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!

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