Nearly half of Americans like working at home, survey suggests

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Nearly half of Americans like working at home, survey suggests

Americans like working at home so much that over half of those who participated in the new nationwide poll said that they would be willing to take a pay cut to continue doing so.

An online survey commissioned by the insurance company Breeze found that 65 percent of American workers who said their jobs could be done entirely remotely were willing to take a 5 percent pay cut to continue working from home.

Most workers said they wouldn't shave off more than 5 percent of their salary for the work from home perk, but some went further.

Almost a quarter of respondents took a 15 percent pay cut, the survey found; 15 percent would say they'd take 25 percent off their salary to remain remote.

Almost half, or 46 percent, said they would give up half of their paid days off and 15 percent said they'd sacrifice all their time off to be able to work from home forever.

Most respondents said they'd work an extra 10 hours per week and 39 percent said they would give up health insurance benefits. Another 36 percent have said they'd give up their 401 or other retirement plan.

The survey was conducted on July 20 and 21 by Pollfish polling firm. It includes responses from 1,000 Americans who said they were employed or looking for work at a job that can be completed entirely remotely.

The results come as companies across the country grapple with how or whether to get their employees back into the office.

Breezy told John Simmons, an executive at InboxAlly, that his company hit an obstacle when it tried to order workers back into the office.

We noticed that this returning to the office would be an issue with almost half our staff when we sent out an email asking them to return to the office. One person was even willing to quit and offered to stay on as a freelancer, he said.

So as a compromise, we now have one day a week where everyone is compelled to come to the office and this day is primarily for meetings. On four days of the week, people can choose if they want to work from home or come to the office, he added.