Buzz: Balancing work and life, by working at home
Psst, bosses: You want to keep your employees happy? Maybe you should let them work from home once in a while.
A TODAY Money story this week on how employers are monitoring their at-home workers prompted a lot of readers to tell us that they’d like to work from home at least some of the time - apparently whether their boss is snooping or not.
About half of the more than 11,000 people who took our poll said they would like to work from home some of the time, and another 37 percent said they’d prefer to do it all of the time.
Only 11 percent said they’d never want to work from home.
Some readers said they work at home most of the time, and like that they can do a little paid work, then a little domestic work, then a little paid work again.
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“I am glad to have a career that lets me work around my personal life since that is the reason I work in the first place,” one reader wrote.
Others said they like working from home some of the time because they are fewer interruptions, and their bosses like it because they put in more hours.
But some readers were more skeptical about whether working from home really, well, works. Some said workers were more likely to get passed up for promotions and other perks if they weren't in the office, while others questioned whether they could get as much done at home.
“Nobody should be allowed to work at home. They need to be available at the office when customers have questions and when your colleagues need you,” one reader wrote.