In today's digitally connected age, working from home has become an increasingly desired job benefit for those who are able to work away from the office. But despite the comfort and convenience of staying home, the latest poll from PEMCO Insurance finds that nearly twice as many respondents – including Millennials – admit they're more productive working in the office than at home.
The PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll finds that a majority of Washington and Oregon respondents (83 percent) agree that it's important to be able to work from home – and of those, about half (51 percent) say the job perk is very or even extremely important to them.
But while nearly half of those surveyed (45 percent) work for organizations that allow at least some employees to work from home, people who work remotely are twice as likely to feel more productive in the office than at home (33 percent vs. 18 percent).
Interestingly, the poll finds that younger workers under the age of 35 are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to report higher levels of productivity in the office (52 percent vs. 26 percent).
"We were surprised to learn that even Millennials, whose generation seems to value flexibility, admit that they get more work done at the office than at home," said PEMCO Spokesperson Derek Wing. "Despite all the trends and tools redefining the traditional 'work space,' the poll suggests that many believe the office is still the best place for productivity."
Of those who can work remotely, about two in five (42 percent) believe they're equally productive whether in the office or at home. However, working parents are among those who place the highest value on being able to work away from the office. In Washington, 65 percent of those with children say the ability to work from home is extremely or very important, compared with 44 percent of those without kids.
"I think personal preference has a lot to do with where people feel the most productive, but we'll be interested to see how these dynamics shift over time as technology continues to keep us more connected than ever. Home may be where the heart is, but at least for now, it's not where people say they do their best work," Wing added.
For a complete summary of PEMCO's poll results, visit www.pemco.com/poll, where you'll find the responses collected by FBK Research of Seattle in May 2017.
About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.
About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance is a true Northwest company providing auto, home, and boat insurance to our neighbors since 1949. Consistently ranked highest in customer satisfaction, people are the heart of our business. They can depend on us to anticipate and support their changing needs. PEMCO is committed to serving organizations that positively impact our local communities. We were started by a Seattle schoolteacher and stay true to our roots by focusing on nonprofits and organizations that support youth, education, and public safety. To learn more, visit www.pemco.com.