Many organizations grapple with finding the optimal mix of employee time spent working in the office versus time spent working remotely. Gallup’s recent “State of the American Workplace” research took a bottom-up approach and asked workers about their level of workplace engagement and their preference for working at home. The research found that those who work from home 3 to 4 days a week are the happiest, most productive workers.

At Branded, we wanted to know how often our community members who are currently in the workforce work from home. How many of our community members come close to the optimal happiness range of 3 to 4 days working from home? And how many have the option to work remotely at all? We polled our community and 13,785 community members participated.

Overall, Branded found that only 9 percent of our community hit the happiness sweet spot of working from home 3 to 4 days a week. And 33 percent of our community members never have the flexibility to work from home. A sorry statistic for the workplace happiness of our community.

Digging deeper, we observed that level of education is a key indicator of whether our community members have the option to work from home. Community members with lower levels of education indicate lower levels of workplace flexibility, with levels of flexibility rising as the level of education rises. Level of education is often tied to the type of job people hold. The type of work done by knowledge workers with higher levels of education is often more conducive to working at home.

Roughly 41 percent of high school-educated, employed community members indicate they never have the option to work from home. As the level of education increases, so do opportunities to work remotely. On the other end of the spectrum, only 23 percent of employed community members with graduate degrees indicated they never have the option to work from home. Providing options for flexibility leads to greater employee retention and happier, more engaged workers.

Almost Never or Never Work from Home by Educational Attainment