How Will Work Work?


As a permanent, distributed workforce specializing in helping organizations make hard decisions a little less hard, we felt uniquely positioned to answer the question: What perks can organizations offer to attract talent in a remote-working environment?

So, we donned our noise-cancelling headphones and designed a quadratic voting experiment to measure the trade-offs between employment perks in a remote-working environment.

Respondents have a fixed number of “credits” they can allocate to the perks they like the most and least, but the number of credits required to express a very strong preference increases quadratically – not linearly.

Americans’ top requested remote-work perk – and significantly more requested than any other WFH benefit – is flexible working hours and flexible time off. With school reopenings still a question mark and furry WFH coworkers accustomed to three long walks a day, it’s little surprise that Americans crave flexibility in their work schedule.

The second most preferred perk is extra cash to pay the utility bills. And the least preferred perk? Membership to a dedicated coworking space. Work from home really means work from home, or maybe Americans aren’t ready to give up their pajama pants after they’ve had a taste of the new business casual.