Ironically, It's Dudes Who Are More Likely to Work From Home


Remember when Marissa Mayer put the kibosh on working remotely, and it played out as lady CEO vs. the moms? Yeah, well, it turns out it’s more commonly men working from home/the Starbucks down the street/poolside.

Quartz reports on the results of a recent phone survey of 556 full-timers, which found that American men were more likely to work remotely than women:

Its research shows 36% of men say they do most of their work from remote places including home, compared to 23% of women. (Men represent about 53% of the US labor force and more than two-thirds of all commuters, according to Flex+Strategy’s survey.)

Workers with and without children “almost equally commute down a flight of stairs to work.”

This presents the possibility that maybe dudes simply feel more comfortable alerting their superiors that hey, I’m going to work from home next Thursday. That’s one theory floated by Cali Williams Yost, the CEO of the consulting firm that conducted the survey: “She thinks women may be reluctant to request work from home arrangements, fearing they will be shunted onto the ‘mommy track.'” Though it’s also worth noting that the women surveyed were more likely to work in cubicles or open floor plans, a group understandably hesitant to take advantage of flex options.

Does the time bros of True Detective spend in cars, yakking about existence, count as working remotely? I wonder.

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