Just under half (47%) of home workers in the UK say an influencing factor in their decision to work from home was their pet.
A survey by homeworking outsourcing provider, Sensée, found that two-thirds (67%) of workers have experienced a feeling of guilt, anxiety and unhappiness when leavings their pets at home for long periods of time.
That led to three-quarters (74%) of office workers admitting they have considered working from home in order to better care for their pets.
Steve Mosser, CEO of Sensée, said: “The flexibility of home-based working gives employees the opportunity to spend more time caring for members of the family and pets.
“By enabling employees to work remotely, companies can relieve the anxiety that many workers with pets feel when away from home for long periods of time.”
The survey also found that a third of home-based workers spend more than three hours per day caring for their pets.
“Working from home has been a life-changing experience,” said Kelly Dring, a Sensée HomeAgent. “When I used to work in an office I would often rush back home at lunch to check on my two dogs. I just didn’t like the idea of them being alone all day. However since becoming a home-based worker, I have so much more flexibility to do the things I want – including spending more time with my pets.”