A survey by software provider TeamViewer finds most Americans believe that more people want the option to telecommute (62%) with an overwhelming percentage (83%) believing that telecommuting is on the rise. According to the survey, most Americans believe:

  • Smartphones and tablets are increasing the use of telecommuting53%
  • Access to telecommuting is increasing49%
  • Telecommuting is getting easier49%
  • The use of telecommuting is increasing in small businesse: 30%

When asked about what they think their own behavior would be as a telecommuter versus working in an office every day, more than half (54%) of those surveyed said they would be at least somewhat more productive and almost a third (32%) said they would even be more or much more productive.

As more Americans discover the ability to telecommute, a surprising number of them admit they would be willing to make sacrifices in order to get the option to do so. Top items Americans say they would be willing to give up include:

  • Social media34%
  • Texting30%
  • Chocolate29%
  • Smartphone25%
  • Shopping20%
  • A salary increase17%
  • Half of vacation day: 15%

Some even admitted they would forgo daily showers (12%). Interestingly, women were more willing to give up their daily shower than men (14% vs. 10%). A brave few said they would even be willing to give up their spouse (5%)a percentage that was fairly consistent across age groups and genders, but not across regions. People in the West were significantly more likely to say they would give up their spouse (7%) in order to telecommute than people in the Midwest (2%).

While the results of this survey may seem amusing, says TeamViewer, these findings show that telecommuting will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Telecommute Connecticut!