A majority (60 per cent) of employees said they’re equally productive at home as in the office and that their overall well-being is as good — or better — working from home as in the office, according to a new survey by LinkedIn Corp. subsidiary Glint Inc.
The survey, which polled more than 300,000 global LinkedIn members, found employees who are satisfied with their organization’s flexibility in work time or location were more than three-times more likely to successfully balance work and personal obligations and almost three-times more likely to be happy working for their employer and twice more likely to recommend working for their employer.
Good work-life balance and excellent compensation and benefits were the two most important factors for surveyed employees when they’re considering whether to join a company, while having challenging work and flexible work arrangements were among the least important.
However, respondents noted that, although their employers are delivering the challenging work and flexibility they’re seeking — which the employees scored as the two highest factors in their satisfaction surveys over the past year — employers aren’t delivering when it comes to work-life balance and compensation and benefits, which the respondents scored as the two lowest factors.
Indeed, employee happiness at work fell nearly three per cent between April and July and 3.6 per cent from 12 months ago. As well, 20 per cent of the respondents said they don’t have location flexibility and a quarter (25 per cent) said they aren’t satisfied with their current ability to dictate how they approach flexible working.