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Employees willing to give up showers and spouses to work from home

Washington, Wed, 02 May 2012 ANI

Washington, May 2 (ANI): People are ready to do and sacrifice a lot to be able to work from home, according to a new study.

According to a new poll conducted by online communications provider TeamViewer, 12 percent of people said they would forgo daily showers and 5 percent of those surveyed said that they would divorce their spouse in order to telecommute.

A significantly higher percentage of people, 34 percent, said they would be willing to give up social media while an additional 30 percent said they would give up texting if they were able to telecommute.

Other interesting responses to the poll included: 29 percent who would give up chocolate, 25 percent who would give up their smartphone and 20 percent who would give up shopping.

Additionally, many respondents were willing to make sacrifices that affected their compensation and benefits packages, as 17 percent would give up a salary increase and 15 percent would give up half of their vacation days if they were able to telecommute.

"While the results of this survey may seem amusing, these findings show that telecommuting will be a force to be reckoned with in the future," said Holger Felgner, general manager at TeamViewer.

One reason for the potential growth of telecommuting may come from the fact that 54 percent of respondents thought they would be at least as productive working from home as they were from the office.

An additional 32 percent felt they would be much more productive if they were able to telecommute.

This feeling, however, was aided by several factors, chief among them that new technologies are helping to allow people to have the ability to telecommute.

According to the survey, 53 percent of people feel that the increase in the use of smartphones and tablets is increasing the ability to telecommute.

Additionally, 49 percent of people felt that access to telecommuting is becoming more accessible and easier.

The findings are based on the responses of 2,630 people over the age of 18. (ANI)

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