Modern technologies, flexible working hours, globalization, different employer strategies and other factors, are from day to day changing the way we work.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced that there are more and more Americans that are working from home and that one of four spends at least part of the day working from home rather then the office.
The statistics are showing that now 39 percent of Americans with high education are working from home, and Quartz analysts are pointing out how that could be an introduction to an era that will end 9 to 5 work.
As pointed out in the research of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2003, every fifth american has been doing part of his job outside of the office, and 32% of college graduates was able to create that kind of working hours.
For those working in the office, the day still lasts around eight hours, while those that work from home, work less in terms of hours, only 3.1 hours per day. However, this average is the highest since the 2008 global financial crisis and analysts point out that ten years ago the home working hours average was only 2.3 hours.
These kind of changes are more and more explained by the higher number of freelancers, but also because of changes in work habits, or tendency that nowadays employees are more and more dividing their work between the office and their home. The part of reason for this is the higher pressure of employers.
As Quartz points out, for some that is the way to find balance between their careers and private life, and for others, easier way to get to the income, and for some lower stress levels.
Trends point out that more and more people are working from home. However, regardless of all positive sides of flexible working hours, this type of work is followed by a certain stigma. People who decide to organize their business life this way have consequences after all, because chances of their promotion are much smaller.