NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Here’s your thought experiment for the day: What would you be willing to give up if it meant you could work from home? For some, the answer is a lot more than you might think.
A third of Americans say they would ditch Facebook and other social media in order to telecommute, while nearly 30% say they would stop eating chocolate, according to a survey of 2,500 working-age adults by TeamViewer, a software company.
In fact, Americans love the idea of telecommuting so much that 5% of those surveyed said they would actually be willing to divorce their spouse if that meant they could stop commuting and work from home instead.
Of course, you're unlikely to face these choices in the real world – unless you happen to work for a company with a sick sense of humor, in which case we would suggest looking for another job. What’s more telling is the fact that 15% of those surveyed would give up half of their allotted vacation days to telecommute and 17% would forgo a salary increase.
As MainStreet has previously reported, those hoping to telecommute part time or full time should be willing to give up something if necessary to make it happen. That doesn’t mean you should offer to ditch your loved one, of course, but offering to rethink your salary or benefits could serve as an incentive for the company to consider your request. Before you get to that point though, make sure you have tried each of these steps first.
Seth Fiegerman is a staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @sfiegerman.