If you live in Los Angeles and wish your employer allowed you to work from home more often you aren't alone. A new survey says a large majority of Los Angeles residents would be more likely to seek out a job where they could work from home.
Jennifer Zweig with the global staffing firm Robert Half says working from home has become an important job perk for many people between the ages of 18 and 34.
"In Los Angeles, 87 percent of Los Angeles workers said they would be more likely to accept a role if they could work from home at least some of the time and in San Francisco 89 percent of workers surveyed said they'd be more excited to accept a role if they could commute some of the time," said Zweig.
Companies providing schedule flexibility were also more likely to attract top candidates in the field. In a competitive employment market, it can be tough to retain top talent, Zweig says.
However, it's not all good news. Like anything, working from home can come with some major drawbacks.
"One of them that comes to mind is the 'Out-of-sight, out-of-mind' syndromes," said Zweig. "I do think there's also some challenges in communication, knowing where and how to reach your employees if they're working off-site would be extremely important. And then the importance of recognizing the team camaraderie."
There's no denying the benefits for employers though. Due to the nature of technology and the interconnected nature of the web, people can write code, stories, or mission statements from anywhere in the world. One Stanford study found that employees who work from home are 13 percent more productive compared to their peers who went into work.