There’s only one thing developers value more than remote work: Vacation
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What’s better than taking some days off? A public holiday. Not everyone has Good Friday & Easter Monday off but those who do surely appreciate the extended weekend. That’s apparently the only thing better than working from home, according to Stack Overflow’s developer survey.
Since 2011, Stack Overflow has annually surveyed their community of developers about all sorts of things, from their coding habits to work preference to general demographics. This year, over 64,000 developers responded to their survey in January 2017, giving Stack Overflow the largest response ever.
It’s obviously taken some time to analyze and make sense of all that data, but there are some interesting trends — one of them has to do with the remote work conversation that has been gaining momentum especially after IBM’s decision to ban remote work.
Suffice to say that developers value remote work more than health benefits, expected work hours, annual bonuses, meals, private offices etc. However, there is one thing they value more than remote work: vacation/days off.
Why do we state the obvious now? Because Easter is coming so everyone has something to look forward to, namely days off.
How relevant is Easter to you? It depends on your zip code. If you live in the United States, compensation/benefits are very important — same goes for people living in Mexico, Brazil and Canada, Italy, Romania and Israel. Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, The Russian Federation and India consider benefits important while France, Sweden and Switzerland don’t really care about compensation.
Job satisfaction and remote work go together like peanut butter and jelly
According to Stack Overflow’s findings, the highest job satisfaction ratings come from developers who work remote full time. We already knew that deep down but now we have proof.
Why do developers want to work from home? There are a lot of benefits, including the fact that no one [provided that you live alone or you lock yourself in a room] interrupts you. People need roughly 23 minutes to go back to their tasks after a major interruption, but the plot deepens if you’re a programmer. Add at least 10 minutes to the forced break (the minimum amount of time you need to start editing code again) and there you go — that’s a solid half hour you lose whenever someone approaches you. It gets worse if that interruption is planned.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to working remotely but the advantages surely surpass the disadvantages if developers daydream about it. Contrary to what some might think, there are [still] a lot of companies hiring remote workers. We’re obviously not talking about the likes of IBM or Yahoo but there are at least a few dozens of companies that are willing to give their employees this benefit. Should we name names? Here’s a list of everything you need to know about your next workplace.
And now, since we are all [hopefully] in a holiday mood, it’s time for a quick survey.