What would you give up to telecommute? A raise? Vacation time? Spouse?

5% of Americans polled by Harris Interactive would sacrifice their marriage for chance to telecommute

To some U.S. workers, telecommuting ranks higher than many of life's perks, including raises, vacation time, social media, chocolate, shopping and even soul mates.

To some U.S. workers, telecommuting is a higher priority than many of life's perks, including raises, vacation time, shopping and social media.

Among 2,630 workers surveyed, a significant percentage said they'd be willing to make certain sacrifices in order to be able to work from home. Among the amenities they're willing to do without are: social media (cited by 34%), texting (30%), chocolate (29%), smartphones (25%), shopping (20%), a salary increase (17%), half of vacation days (15%) and daily showers (12%). A small number (5%) said they'd even be willing to give up their spouse in order to telecommute.

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Harris Interactive conducted the survey on behalf of TeamViewer, a maker of remote access and online meetings software.

The majority of respondents (62%) believe that more people want the option to telecommute, and most (83%) think telecommuting is on the rise. In particular, roughly half of respondents said smartphones and tablets are increasing the use of telecommuting (cited by 53%) and acknowledged that telecommuting is getting easier (49%).

When asked about productivity, 54% said they would be at least somewhat more productive as a telecommuter versus working in an office every day, and 32% said they would be much more productive.

Ann Bednarz covers IT careers, outsourcing and Internet culture for Network World. Follow Ann on Twitter @annbednarz and check out her blog, Occupational Hazards. Her email address is abednarz@nww.com.

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