AUSTIN, Texas — People don’t really like telecommutes anymore, according to a new poll.
The Austin American-Statesman found that 60 percent of Americans don�t want to be in telework jobs that require them to work at least 40 hours per week.
That number is down from 65 percent in 2010 and is well below the 60 percent that was the case a decade ago.
But the poll also found that most Americans think telework is the best way to do work.
Only 33 percent said they want to do the job better, and 32 percent said telework was the only way to get more work done.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they were OK with telework being a substitute for full-time work, and two-fifths said they would be OK with it.
Only 17 percent said it was time for Congress to ban telework entirely, and a slim majority of Americans still want to have more jobs in which telework can be part of the mix.
Many Americans who would like to work telecommute said they�re worried about what their bosses will think of them, the poll found.
“Telework is a stressful job, and that�s not good for anyone,” said Amy Rokus, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, which is working on a study of telework issues.
“The fear is that you will be judged on the work you do and not your personality.
So people want to keep working telework.
But we need to get past this fear, and realize that telework isn�t just about work.”
While the survey found that teleworkers have the lowest average salary of any occupational group, it found that those who are earning the least amount of money tend to be the most supportive of teleworking.
Telework, Rokos said, is a job where people can work anywhere, anywhere.
The jobs pay better than full-timers and have better benefits.
Rokus said teleworkers should also be able to make their own schedules and have a say in how they�ve been paid.