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Paid surveys and less stress for those who work from home

Telecommuting is a great way to minimize travel expenses and stress for office employees. A recent survey by Citrix, a telecommuting IT company out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has revealed that working from home provides considerable benefits. The poll of 1,013 American office workers found that although interruptions are inevitable, the office work environment has its own inherent drawbacks.

In a recent study conducted by Stanford University, employees working from home were found to be more productive than those in a traditional office setting. It seems that a more relaxed atmosphere aided workers' focus, and nay have helped cut down the number of sick days. Those working from home reportedly turned in 37.4 hours of work a week, according the U.S. Census Bureau, meaning that telecommuters are doing more work in less time, giving them a unique opportunity to explore other interests or projects throughout the work week. Between napping, taking longer lunches, or watching some daytime TV, no break activity yields better results than taking paid online surveys for telecommuters.

Regardless, working out of the office comes with its own benefits, independent of the opportunity to make money online from home.

No obligations
One advantage of working from home is avoiding all the little things office employees secretly hate. Based on the Citrix survey, 31 percent of respondents said they do not enjoy traditional team-building exercises, and another 34 percent reportedly secretly dislike things like costume contests and other holiday events. 42 percent of male employees picked baby showers as their least favorite office activity, while 31 percent of female employees chose staff photos as their most disliked event.

Annoying coworkers were another stressor reported for those working in a traditional office setting in the Citrix poll. Some 49 percent of those surveyed said they work with a "know-it-all," while 51 percent said having a "constant complainer" as a coworker is the biggest irritant. 

Avoiding the boss
An astounding 30 percent of respondents in Citrix's survey reported considering their bosses' vacations when planning their own time off in an effort to maximize time spent apart. In fact, this tactic was reported by executives and management - 39 percent admitted to using this move - as opposed to just 27 percent of lower level employees. Working in a t-shirt and jeans is one thing, but doing so without any awkward social obligations or pressure is the biggest appeal of remote employment.

No guilt
Taking breaks is part of what makes working at home alluring as well, and according to Kim DeCarlis, vice president of corporate marketing at Citrix, employees shouldn't feel guilty for a little indulgence.

Said DeCarlis, "Enabling people to blend their professional and personal lives can boost morale as well as productivity. And there are plenty of tools and technologies today that empower people to do their jobs from any location. That's a win-win for companies and employees alike."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.4 million Americans worked from home at least once a week in 2010, a 35 percent increase in the last decade. New technologies have made telecommuting easier, and it has also given those working away from the office more options when choosing a break activity. The most savvy will opt to make even more money at home by taking paid online surveys. 

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