Many business executives don’t put much emphasis on the flexibility to work from home when they’re shopping for perks with a new employer.
According to a survey of 1,078 executives earning $100,000 or more annually by TheLadders.com, an executive job search service based in New York, ‘‘only 18.7 percent of the executives surveyed ranked working from home as a ‘very important’ priority.’’
Marc Cenedella, founder and president of TheLadders, reports that ‘‘our clientele, who represent a cross-section of the nation’s top $100K-plus talent, obviously believe that distance can be a distraction and that (face time) beats the glow of a home desktop when it comes to doing great work at senior levels.’’
About 34 percent said flexibility is ‘‘important but would not be a deal breaker.’’ And 10.4 percent of survey respondents said they didn’t want the option at all and preferred ‘‘to work in the office.’’
But there is one ray of hope for employees who want a boss who supports scheduling flexibility: 36.6 percent of those studied said ‘‘they would take advantage of it if it were offered.’’
But if many of these executives had the final decision, working from home or telecommuting might not be offered at all.