Is working from home really all it’s cracked up to be? A new survey asks work-from-home professionals about the best—and worst—parts of working from home.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated October 19, 2018
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Working from home, like exercising at home or ordering home delivery, may sound positively dreamy—but is it as good in practice as in theory? Sure, you may save thousands of dollars a year working from home, but you’ll also be home practically all day, every day... and that might get old, fast.

Home improvement site Porch asked more than 1,000 employees about working from home and how a remote work experience compares to an in-office one. The survey asked questions about job satisfaction, perks of working from home, and at-home distractions to find out what working from home is really like. (Honestly, it still sounds pretty dreamy.)

Losing a daily commute came in first for work-from-home professionals' favorite work perk. Next was having a flexible schedule, and the ability to stay home with children (or pets) came in third. Other top perks include having less supervision, being able to focus better, getting more sleep, and not having to dress for work every day. (The survey also found that only 61 percent of work-from-home employees regularly brush their teeth before starting work—possibly a perk, depending on how you look at it.)

Remote employees also admitted to doing personal tasks and projects while on the clock—35 percent said they’d run errands during work hours, 33 percent fessed up to hitting the gym during the workdays, and 76 percent have watched TV while working at least once. These non-work activities likely count as perks for employees, though they probably have a negative effect on productivity (and relationships with bosses, if supervisors found out).

Working from home isn’t all great, though: 38 percent of remote employees said they miss being around other people during the work day, and 51 percent said they felt lonely during the day. In terms of career trajectory, 23 reported feeling like they had missed out on growth opportunities, and 22 percent felt like their ability to communicate effectively had suffered from working from home.

With all the good parts (and the bad parts) of working from home, the majority of work-from-home employees still preferred working from home to working in an office. Less than half, 48 percent, said they planned to work in an office again at some point in the future—so maybe working from home is all it’s cracked up to be, after all.