Employers seeking to recruit more female workers would be wise to offer remote work options as a new CareerBuilder survey revealed that more than 1/3 prefer working from home. However, even after more than two years of many performing their jobs remotely, not everyone shares this preference.
Vive la difference
When it comes to where people want to work there are distinct gender and generational differences. While some employees, including 31% of men, embrace a return to a traditional office, others say their ideal location lies elsewhere. The data shows that 34% of employed adults prefer a home office compared to 27% of employees who list a company-provided office as their top choice. Generationally speaking, 20% of Gen Z, 35% of Millennials and 44% of Boomers all prefer to work from home.
Gen Z likes to WFA (work from anywhere)
The survey also revealed that 26% of employees, primarily Gen Z (44%) and Millennials (30%), lean more toward a non-traditional work location with 13% preferring an outdoor area or patio,
9% using a co-working space with other businesses, and 4% going to a coffee shop to work.
Long haul commutes get the boot
Even if people are willing to return to the office, they don’t want to have to spend too much time getting there. More than three in five employees (66%) say they are only willing to commute a total of 30 minutes or less, with women and Boomers among those most likely to note this. Another third of workers (34%) are willing to commute more than 30 minutes to work, but very few (7%) agree to travel over an hour.
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