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Telecommuters are 87% more likely to love their jobs than office-based workers, according to a Leadership IQ survey.

Leadership IQ surveyed 3,478 employees using an online test called “Is Your Personality Suited to Working Remotely or in the Office?” The results showed that only 24% of people who work in an office say they love their jobs. But 38% of mobile workers and 45% of telecommuting workers love their jobs. That means telecommuters are 87% more likely to love their jobs than office-based workers.

Now, some cynics might look at the data and say, “Of course, telecommuters love their jobs—they sit in their pajamas all day doing nothing!” But data from the test debunks this notion. Here’s how respondents answered questions that pertain to ambition and deadlines:

Being “average” in my work is a truly terrible thought for me: 65% traditional; 73% mobile; 71% telecommuters

I like to be good at my work but I don’t need to be the absolute “best”: 35% traditional; 27% mobile; 29% telecommuters

I hit deadlines no matter what, even if that means pulling all-nighters: 76% traditional; 83% mobile; 77% telecommuters

I sometimes need to ask for a little more time to finish projects on deadline: 24% traditional; 17% mobile; 13% telecommuters

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Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.