Given a choice between working from home and additional pay, a significant percentage of Americans would say good-bye to their daily commute. A new survey and white paper find that e-work, sometimes referred to as "telecommuting," is widely recognized by most adults as a fast track to a better life. The Positively Broadband Campaign sponsored the poll and included its findings in a new white paper titled, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere: The Changing Face of Work." The white paper is the first comprehensive look at how broadband has the potential to unlock the power of e-work-and vice versa.

Among the most important survey findings:

  • A majority of Americans (54 percent) think that telecommuting would improve the quality of their lives. Among those that commute an hour or more a day, this view jumped to 66 percent.
  • Many Americans believe that being able to telecommute would provide more time to be a better parent or spouse. Forty-three percent of respondents indicated that they would be a better spouse or parent if they were able to telecommute.
  • Among those who commute, about one-third would prefer the option of telecommuting over a higher salary. Additionally, a significant portion of the population (46 percent) thought their quality of work would improve if they were able to telecommute.
  • Americans do have concerns about e-work, but the study shows that even these can be overcome. Twenty percent of respondents feared that they would not have enough contact with their fellow workers. However, 60 percent of those with this concern said they would be more likely to telecommute if, through technology, they could have immediate face to face contact.

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