July 2, 2012
Some Workers Would Give Up Drinking To Work From Home
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
As working from home becomes more popular, a new survey taken by both cubical settlers and couch dwellers gathered facts about their work place experience.
A new Wakefield Research study commissioned by Citrix shows off some of the top frustrations with the modern work life, like working with a stressful coworkers or working for a boss who steals ideas.
The surveyors talked with over 1,000 workers during June 2012 and found that the worst type of boss for most respondents is a boss who steals ideas, followed by a "know-it-all" boss.
While some may just be annoyed by a boss, 37 percent of the respondents said they've actually scheduled time off around their bosses' vacation in order to maximize the time they will not have to spend together.
The study found that the dream boss for most is Gibbs from "NCIS", followed by Miranda Bailey from "Grey's Anatomy" and Buddy from "Cake Boss."
Forty-nine percent of the survey respondents said they worked with a "know-it-all" at work, while 44 percent claimed they work with a "whiner." Although those annoying-types nabbed big numbers, Wakefield said 51 percent of the respondents believed a "constant complainer" would be the most annoying type of person to sit next too.
Of those who admitted they have slipped out of the office during the middle of the day to escape, 18 percent said they did so to go get a little exercise, while 12 percent said they did so to go catch an afternoon nap.
As Internet-connected devices have continued to leak into every aspect of our lives, more-and-more people are starting to be able to work from home. Not everyone has been able to work from home, so some are so envious of the idea that they'd be willing to give up a few things in order to do it.
Sixty-four percent of the workers in the survey who have never been able to work from home said they could identify at least one extremely popular perk or pleasure they'd be willing to give up in order to do so.
Wakefield said 32 percent of the workers who wished they could try-out working remotely said they'd be willing to give up their lunch breaks, and 25 percent said they would be willing to give up alcohol. Twenty percent of the respondents said they would be willing to work a little more tiredly by giving up their coffee to work from home.
Those who have worked from home may have broken up the stereotype one perceives when thinking about their buddy working on a coach.
The study found that 49 percent of those who have worked from home say they are most likely to wear jeans and a t-shirt, while just 7 percent work in their underwear or work naked. Twenty-five percent keep to their PJs while sitting at the home-office, and 14 percent put on their work-out clothes.
Another surprising factoid brought on by the survey is that 72 percent of workers who are hypothetical said they would respond to an urgent email, instead of just pretending they didn't see it.
“These findings show what all of us who work in offices know — life at the office can often be challenging,” Kim DeCarlis, vice president of corporate marketing at Citrix, said in a press release. “This survey shows that companies will benefit by being more flexible in allowing employees to work from anywhere."
"And there are plenty of tools and technologies today that empower people to do their jobs from any location," DeCarlis continued. "That´s a win-win for companies and employees alike.”