Would You Sacrifice to Work From a Virtual Office?

SANTA CLARA, CA—For the last few days, we’ve been exploring the findings of the Wakefield Research Study commissioned by Citrix. It offers insights on the top frustrations of modern work life, which include annoying coworkers and bad bosses. Today, we’ll look at what it’s worth to employees to tap into flexible work arrangements, like virtual office space.

A majority of workers who have never worked remotely (64 percent) identify at least one extremely popular perk or pleasure they'd be willing to give up in order to work from home (essentially working from a virtual office) just one day a week:

32% would give up lunch breaks
25% would give up alcohol
20% would give up coffee

How about the home office fashion front? If you work from a virtual office, you can work in your pajamas all day. But, according to the Citrix study, most people don’t. They just dress down.

49% say they're most likely to wear jeans and T-shirts when on the job
25% are most likely to work in their PJs
7% keep it simple—real simple—working from home in their underwear or birthday suit

What about the reply versus ignore question? Say you're finally on vacation and everything is perfect—until that urgent work e-mail arrives. Surprisingly, an overwhelming majority of office workers (72 percent) say they would be more likely to respond immediately to the urgent work e-mail than they would be to pretend they didn't see it.

"These findings show what all of us who work in offices know—life at the office can often be challenging. This survey shows that companies will benefit by being more flexible in allowing employees to work from anywhere,” says Kim DeCarlis, vice president of corporate marketing at Citrix.

“Enabling people to blend their professional and personal lives can boost morale as well as productivity. And there are plenty of tools and technologies today that empower people to do their jobs from any location. That's a win-win for companies and employees alike."

Virtual offices are also a win-win for companies and employees alike. That doesn’t mean letting all employees work from virtual offices all the time, but employers can be flexible and allow for virtual office use at pre-defined intervals, or during specific seasons in an employee’s career.


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