Where can you get more work done, at an office or at home?

According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 8 out of 10 respondents said the option to work from home was important in a job, but people who work remotely are twice as likely to feel more productive in the office than at home (33 percent vs. 18 percent).

What about you? Where are you more productive, and why?

Does your employer have an official policy that allows some or all employees to work from home, either full or part-time? (Based on those who are employed full-time.)

Total OR
30 29 Yes, the policy allows at least some employees to work at home full-time or part-time
15 11 Yes, the policy allows at least some employees to work at home part-time, but none can work at home full-time
49 53 No, there is no policy that dictates whether employees can work from home
6 7 Don’t know

Which one of the following statements best describes how regularly you typically work from home?

Total OR
32 30 Net: Ever work from home
9 11 My office is in my home
15 12 I work from home on an irregular schedule, whenever it makes sense
8 7 I work from home one or more days a week
42 45 I have the type of job where it’s not possible or reasonable to work from home
13 12 Technically, I could do my job from home, but people in my role aren’t allowed to at the company I’m working for now
8 4 I’m allowed to, but I never work from home because I don’t want to
5 9 Other/Don’t know

Comparing your productivity at home to your productivity at work, would you say that you are:

Total OR
33 38 More productive working from the office
43 38 Equally productive whether working from the office or home
18 17 More productive working from home
6 7 Don’t know

Imagine you were trying to decide which of two companies (with local offices) to work for, and they offered equally competitive salary and benefit packages. How much importance would you place on being able to work at home?

Total OR
21 25 Extremely important
30 27 Very important
32 30 Somewhat important
14 15 Not very important
2 1 Not at all important
1 2 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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