According to a new survey of UK office workers conducted by OnePoll on behalf of software company Citrix, 75% of employees would take a pay cut in return for a job that offered remote working options.
In fact, the analysis found that workers would be willing to take a 14% salary cut if they were allowed to work from anywhere.
This research indicates that office workers have spent the last several months realizing that they prefer a healthy work-life balance and the ability to choose their workspace over income.
The findings also revealed that workers between the ages of 45 and 54 would take the largest pay cut of 16%, while 17% of this age group would accept more than a 25% pay reduction.
“We’re now in a world where employees have seen the potential that remote working holds to improve their work/life balance – so much so that they’re willing to forgo a significant portion of their salaries to achieve this on a permanent basis,” said Darren Fields, regional vice president of UK & Ireland at Citrix.
Although flexible and remote working policies were once met with much skepticism from companies, many have realized that productivity and employee satisfaction levels have either maintained or grown since transitioning to these arrangements.
Knowing this, it is clear that remote working will continue to play an essential role in the new normal of working.