2 out of 3 Americans say they would take a pay cut to work remotely full time

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A video producer works from his at-home studio to conduct remote interviews with talent on April 19, 2020 in Franklin Square, New York. Eric Stringer/Getty Images
  • 2 out of 3 Americans would take a pay cut to be able to work remotely full-time, a survey found.
  • More than 50% would give up Amazon, Netflix, or social media for a year to be able to work remotely.
  • More than one-third would give up the right to ever vote again in exchange for fully remote work.
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Americans are desperate to continue working remotely well beyond the pandemic.

To work from home full-time, they’d be willing to make some serious sacrifices, according to a recent survey from insurance company Breeze. The survey included 1,000 American adults who were either employed at a job – or looking for one – that could be performed completely remotely.

Of the respondents, 65% said they’d be willing to take a 5% pay cut in order to have the option to work remotely full-time. Some remained unfazed with the prospect of an even larger pay cut, with one in seven saying they’d give up 25% of their salaries to be able to work from home forever.

On average, around 45% would trade some kind of insurance benefits, such as vision, dental, or health insurance, for full-time remote work.

The surveyed Americans also said they’d be willing to clock more time at work if they could do it from home.

Fifty-three percent of them said they’d put in an extra 10 hours every week at the office if the office was their home. Nearly half of them said they’d concede 25% of their paid time off in exchange for a full-time remote work option. One in seven said they’d give up all of their PTO for remote work.

Some even showed willingness to give up some technology and even their voting rights to be able to work fully remotely.

Breeze found that just over half of the surveyed people would be willing to go without Netflix, Amazon, or social media for the next year to work from home full-time. More than one-third said they’d give up their right to vote in all future local and national elections for the rest of their lives to gain the option of working remotely forever.

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Other things respondents said they’d trade for full-time remote work include 401ks, paid parental leave, mental health benefits, fitness benefits, and student loan repayment assistance benefits, according to the survey.

When evaluating the data by age demographics, Breeze had some notable takeaways.

Overall, Gen X was often the most likely generation to sacrifice pay, benefits, or PTO for the ability to work fully remotely, the survey found. Baby Boomers were the least likely generation to trade benefits and perks for remote work. Millennials were least likely to sacrifice life insurance benefits. Gen Z was least likely to give up mental health benefits, Netflix, or social media but most likely to give up the right to vote.

The survey’s findings come as big companies push back their return-to-office plans as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country. Apple has moved its slated return date from September to October. Google recently did the same. Lyft and DoorDash have pushed their office return dates to 2022.