By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
Less than half of professionals (47 percent) said their company provides the option to work off-site, according to research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Of those, 70 percent take advantage of the perk and work from home; an additional 6 percent do their job from another location, such as a cafe; or shared office space. For the remaining 24 percent, not having the right technology (39 percent) and being less productive due to distractions (38 percent) are the main deterrents to working outside the office.
Companies today are taking steps to support staff who want more flexibility, the survey found. In fact, more than half of senior managers (56 percent) said their organization has expanded remote work opportunities for employees over the past three years.
“In an employment market that favors job seekers, businesses need to provide greater workplace flexibility to attract and retain top performers,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. “This goes beyond giving staff permission to work off-site or during nontraditional hours. Employers should check that professionals have the proper equipment and guidelines to do their jobs effectively outside the office.”
Additional survey findings include:
- Among the 28 U.S. cities in the survey, San Diego, Austin, and Chicago have the most companies that provide remote arrangements.
- Employees in Chicago, Phoenix and San Diego are most likely to work from home when given the opportunity.
- More men (77 percent) than women (64 percent) work from home. About three-quarters of working parents (74 percent) take advantage of this perk versus 64 percent of those without children.
- Atlanta, San Diego, and Minneapolis have the most senior managers who said they have increased remote work opportunities for employees in the past three years.
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