By Samantha Murphy
On the heels of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer decision to bar employees working from home, a new study suggests nearly half of U.S. workers would like their job less if that perk was taken away from them.
In a national survey conducted among 500 Americans by SurveyMonkey, about 46% of respondents said they wouldn’t be as satisfied with their work if they were required to come into the office every day. Not to mention, about 6% said they would even quit.
It’s not surprising that working from home proves to be a coveted perk by many employees. There’s no commute and pajamas are acceptable attire. In fact, that’s what respondents (29%) said they would miss most from working from the confines of home: sweatpants.
Employees said they would also miss the lack of interruptions (26%), ability to multi-task (work-life balance) such as washing the dishes (25%) and hanging out with their dog (8%).
Although most listed it as their most valuable perk, there’s a lot to miss about office life too. About 50% said they would miss non-work related discussions — which was also the biggest culprit of at-work distractions (53%) — as well as grabbing lunch with co-workers (18%), getting away from their family (15%) and flirting (3%).
But what is the biggest threat to the company’s bottom line when working from home? According to the study, laundry. About 33% listed it as their top distraction.