Working From Home? New Study Shows You May Not Be ‘Working’

Ah, we know it all too well. Working from home may not necessarily equate to working throughout the entire day.

Citrix, a Florida-based company that designs technology for companies to work remotely, conducted a study that shows people who work from home tend to sneak in other activities for their personal lives.

After surveying over 1,000 employees who work in an office, 43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games on days when they “work from home.” And parents are more likely to participate in these activities than workers who aren’t parents.

Among other activities, some even admitted to having a drink! While 24 percent indicated they have a drink, 26 percent take a nap. Other people are tempted by their environment: About 35 percent of respondents do household chores.

Although there certainly are temptations while working from home, one may argue they’re at least productive compared to some distractors at the office like water cooler gossip.

Even if workers haven’t worked remotely at all, according to the survey it appears they’re interested in relinquishing one perk on the job (i.e., lunch breaks or coffee) in order to work from home merely one day a week.