Having the opportunity to work remotely is an alluring job perk that satisfies countless employees. Remote work allows us to save precious time by skipping the morning commute, avoid feelings of office confinement on our days of introversion, and even recover from a pesky cold that we couldn’t quite shake over the weekend. Thanks to the endless amount of benefits remote work provides, it’s often seen as a godsend in the job world.
Although remote work has clear benefits and finds itself on the list of expected job perks, it is valued differently between each generation. In fact, our primary generations – Baby boomers, Gen X, and millenials – have such different upbringings that their valuations of remote work is prone to difference. With this in mind, marketing platform, GetResponse created a study that discovered how each generation values working remotely.
Revealing itself as a highly sought after bonus in any job role, 22.38% of Baby boomers, 25.94% of Gen X, and 25% of Millennial respondents shared that they “really like” remote work as a “job perk”. This generated the highest number of responses from each generation, which highlights how important remote work is to employees across the board.
Gen X, who range in ages 40 to 54, assert strong opinions on working remotely – even higher than Millennials, who have a reputation for taking strong stances. The highest number of responses that stated they will not take a job without remote work as an option came from Gen X, with 10.40% of respondents choosing this answer. Trailing close behind, Millennials, who range in ages 22 to 39, had 9.78% of respondents share they also will not take a job without a remote work option. Although these numbers may appear small, this is an astounding result when considering this would make respondents completely decline a job offer. This could be attributed to variety of reasons – one being location, where bigger cities tend to cause mind-boggling traffic.
Two states that are notorious for bumper-to-bumper traffic and hour long commutes for 5-mile destinations are New York and California. Both of these states are home to densely populated cities such as Manhattan and Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, these states rank in the 10 top list of places that value remote work the highest, according to GetResponse. This offers us potential insight on how working remotely is preferable to those in big cities who experience guzzling gas costs, and extended commuting times.
If you want to find out more about how your generation values remote work, check out the full study in the link above!