The Virtual Commute

Get up, slouch in front of your computer in your PJs and slippers and start your workday. Wouldn't it be wonderful? More Americans do prefer to work from home than in an office, according to a poll conducted by MORI, the London-based polling firm. But Europeans are about evenly divided on the matter.

Q: If you had the choice between working from home or in an office outside home, which would you choose?

United States

Home 57%

Office 36%

Germany

Home 44%

Office 41%

France

Home 44%

Office 45%

Britain

Home 41%

Office 44%

Sweden

Home 34%

Office 49%

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Those who preferred to work at home were asked:

Q: What do you believe are the main benefits of working from home?

Reason

U.S.

More time with family 28%

Convenience 27

No time wasted commuting 26

Freedom/independence 24

Germany

More time with family 34%

Convenience 32

No time wasted commuting 46

Freedom/independence 69

France

More time with family 29%

Convenience 36

No time wasted commuting 30

Freedom/independence 56

Britain

More time with family 27%

Convenience 36

No time wasted commuting 47

Freedom/independence 27

Sweden

More time with family 24%

Convenience 29

No time wasted commuting 26

Freedom/independence 51

NOTE: These four reasons were among the most common cited; among others given were: fewer distractions, quieter surroundings, savings.

SOURCE: MORI