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SUMMARY: The results of the annual Computer. world Job Satisfaction Survey contain some surprises about the relative value of various workplace features in job satisfaction. Telecommuting is certainly popular, but not across all age groups. Also, there are some interesting differences reported between IT staff who report being most satisfied and least satisfied with their jobs.
Before you count too heavily on telecommuting's ability to help attract and retain programmers and systems analysts, you might consider the findings from Computerworld's 1999 Job Satisfaction Survey (published in the April 19 issue), which collected data by mail from 511 IT professionals. Telecommuting is popular, but not as much as we might imagine.
In one part of the survey, respondents were given a list of a dozen benefits or workplace features, and asked to list which single item would they would "most like improved to increase their levels of job satisfaction." (See table)
ITEMS MEN WOMEN UNDER AGE 35 …