Telecommute or Shower? 12% Pick Telecommute
Perhaps more disturbingly, 5% choose telecommuting over their spouse
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Some people are pretty serious about their desire to telecommute, a new survey shows.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Apparently telecommuting is very important to some people. So important, in fact, that a new survey shows 5% of people would get a divorce in exchange for the chance to work from home. Other than marriage, what else are people willing to give up in order to telecommute? LiveScience reports on the poll by online communications provider TeamViewer:

  • Daily showering: 12% of respondents
  • Half of their vacation days: 15%

  • An increased salary: 17%
  • Shopping: 20%
  • Their smartphone: 25%
  • Chocolate: 29%
  • Texting: 30%
  • Social media: 34%
The survey also found that 32% of respondents thought they would be much more productive if they worked at home, while an additional 54% believed they would be at least as productive as they are at the office.

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Feb 11, 2012 11:00 PM CST
I'm way less productive at home but I'm hardly ever late for work.
Feb 9, 2012 7:57 PM CST
It takes a lot more discipline to work from home, it's certainly not for everyone
Feb 9, 2012 4:57 PM CST
I work for three different companies from home, and I can tell you the whole "more productive thing" is sort of relative. There's a lot of things I love... you have a lot of extra time in your day when you don't have to commute or make yourself presentable everyday. The flexible schedule and location means you can take a vacation whenever you want, as long as you're willing to do some work while you're off and away. Juggling friends, family, and pets becomes effortless. But when it comes to getting actual work done? I think an office is better for focusing on your work. There are a lot more distractions at home -- everything from people in your house, to your beckoning bed. I think about all my friends in college who would put off their papers and projects for as long as they could, and I'm pretty sure that's how things would go if more people started working at home. There's just too much freedom at home... You can basically stop to masturbate whenever you want, and once you realize that it's hard to get out of that line of thinking. Staying at home more also leaves you feeling more clammed up too. You don't get to see as many people, and it can get lonely. You also don't get to move around as much, so you need to supplement it with more exercise.