Now Men Are Hogging Up the Work-From-Home Jobs

Just in case you thought everyone who worked from home was an Oprah-watching, pajama-wearing mommy -- surprise! They’re not.

Man Working from Home

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For working mothers, the advantages of working from home are numerous. Most often we think of how footloose and fancy-free it must be to be one of the few who are allowed to telecommute and work from home. Think of how much easier life would be if you could work AND watch the Disney channel all day, every day with your children – especially when they are sick, for instance. But, according to a recent study, men are working from home more than women.

The survey, conducted by Flex+Strategy Group, found that 36 percent of men work remotely (from home or Starbucks or some place not considered their place of employment) compared to only 23 percent of women. A poll conducted by Harris Interactive, a year before the Flex+Strategy survey found somewhat of a smaller difference – 37 percent vs 31 percent. While the differences may not seem significant, they are an indication that maybe our perception of the telecommuter is not only off but outright incorrect.

Two reasons men are working remotely more often than women might be:

  • Women may not request to work from home for fear of being the hardcore mommy of the company.
  • Women are more likely to be employed in non-managerial positions and positions that do not provide the flexibility of working from home such as secretarial, nursing, and teaching.

So while it’s nice that companies continue to increase telework options and acknowledge the benefits of work-from-home positions, it will be even nicer when the opportunities are available to everyone. As women, we may also need to become more assertive at requesting to work from home and going after the positions that allow it.

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2 Comments

  1. 2 Kevin Epley 28 Feb
    I work from home.  Not that I want to, necessarily.  The down economy (six years and counting), the lack of any "career track, full time work" and the shifting "face of available jobs" to part time & contract only; has forced me to take work as an Independent Contract Consultant.  I love the work, but it's not the career track, 52 weeks a year, full benefits and long range employment security attainment so much sought after by those that want to produce.  I would work from my home office all day, every day, if I could have a quality career track professional position, once again.  Yet, put me in an office, in client companies offices, in the field, or where ever it is you want me in order to achieve organizational objectives and earn my keep.  There are other factors that have placed employees "at-home" as their primary work location, but that's for another time and venue.
  2. 1 Nick Morine 28 Feb

    As a work-from-home dude myself, I say, bring 'em on. The more the merrier. We need to encourage more folks to participate in the creative economy. Besides, think of all the hookup potential!

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