Do Employees REALLY Want To Work From Home?

From PRNewswire

Apparently not.  A new survey by Randstad US finds 62% of U.S. employees prefer going to the office.

According to the survey, 82% of U.S. workers say the ability to work from anywhere at any time allows them to have better work-life balance.  But despite that answer, 62% still would rather go to the office.

Weirdly, the number is even higher among younger workers. 65% of employees between 18-24 said they prefer working in a traditional office environment.  Not what you would expect, right?  This seems to challenge the perception that millennials and Gen Zs tend to prefer digital interactions over personal ones.

For more from the survey, click here.

My Two Cents:

I’ve worked from home at least part of my day for many years now and I can see the pros and cons of it.  On the one hand, if you’re committed to what you’re doing, you tend to actually work way more than you might at an office.  It’s like the computer and the email are right there – and you can always do that “one more thing” instead of working out or making dinner or folding the laundry.  On the other hand if you’re not super into your job, it’s easy to goof off.  After all the TV and the game console and the er nap room are also right there.

I suspect in some cases that the younger generation doesn’t like to work from home because of what home may be like for them.  I have the luxury of a spare bedroom that I can use for an office, but if you’re just out of college, working from home may mean staying in your bedroom all day while roommates come and go from the apartment.  And if you’re a 30 something millennial, working from home may mean trying to get work done while the baby cries.

Then there’s the social interaction piece. Lots of people are just not built for sitting at home and staring at a computer all day.

My take is that working from home part-time every day or a couple of days a week is ideal.  You get the best of both worlds.

And just to be clear, it’s just as easy to work hard or to slack off at an office as it is in your bunny slippers at home!