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Home or Office? Yes.

Earlier I mentioned a recent survey which found that few workers are interested in telecommuting. I was skeptical of that then, and now comes another survey that is more typical of most examinations of employee attitudes. According to a July 19 survey by the Hudson Employment Index:

While only 23 percent of U.S. employees work from home or are given that option, most of the work force (59 percent) believes that telecommuting at least part-time is the ideal work situation. This includes the 38 percent who think a mix of coming into the office and working from home is preferable and the 21 percent who say working at home is the best. … Even among workers who are not given the choice, half report that working away from the office at least sometimes would be their preference. But those who have the option of clocking in from home take advantage of it when they can ââ?¬â?? 38 percent work from home a minimum of once a week. Just 20 percent rarely or never choose this option.

Press release here. Meanwhile, across the pond:

Almost 5.5 million Britons now spend some or all of their week working remotely from home, with the majority concentrated in London and the South-East of England. The Broadband User Survey from research firm Point Topic has found that some 4.3 million households in Britain ââ?¬â?? 18 per cent of all homes in the country ââ?¬â?? contain someone working from home. … Freelancer workers make up half the total, while four out of 10 are employees working remotely. The third, much smaller group of eight per cent are running a business from home with employees.

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Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.