Posted by Alison Strickland on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 00:00 | Follow me
If you could work from home or your favorite coffee shop, would you? Research shows more creative professionals are working outside the office during business hours. I'm one of them.
You might not know it, but I work from home two days a week. It's a privilege I've had for almost two years now, along with other colleagues whose jobs, like mine, can be done from just about anywhere. Having made the daily commute to the office for nearly a decade, it's a perk I value, especially because I realize not everyone has this opportunity. (Sorry, Yahoo and Best Buy employees.)
The arrangement offers both perks (less time on the road means more time in the kitchen) and drawbacks (fewer casual conversations with coworkers about "The Bachelor"). More importantly, I've found I can be just as (if not more) productive working at home versus the office. So, you can be sure I'll take advantage of this company benefit for as long as I can.
I'm not alone. According to TCG's latest research, one-third of advertising and marketing executives said the percentage of creative staff working remotely is higher than three years ago; only 4 percent said it's lower. Take a look at the infographic below for the complete details.
But What's in it for Companies?
Offering remote working arrangements doesn't just benefit employees – it can help the employer, too. In our survey, executives said gaining access to talent outside of their immediate geographic area and improving morale and retention rates are the greatest benefits of these programs.
If you're a job seeker or employee, we want to hear from you. Catered lunches, in-office massages or the ability to work from home once or twice a week. Which perk most entices you?