Thanks to IT, more people can work from home
Simply having a bachelor’s degree may be the fastest route to a workday spent on the couch with a laptop: Among workers age 25 or older, more than one in three college-educated employees did some or all of their work from home last year. For those with just a high school diploma, it was one in eight. If you never finished high school, don’t even dream of working from home only one in 20 employees with less than a high school diploma worked from home on an average day, according to the findings, part of BLS’ periodic American Time Use Survey. Self-employed workers were nearly three times more likely to work from home than those who are on salary, and the highest-wage workers were about five times as likely as the lowest to work at home. Recent U.S. Census Bureau figures show that the number of at-home workers rose sharply from 1997 to 2010, from 9.2 million to 13.4 million. For those working in computer, engineering and science jobs, home-based work grew 69% from 2000 to 2010. Boulder, Colo., topped a list of cities with high rates of at-home workers, at about one in nine. Pisarski says working from home is “booming” in fact, it’s the only transportation trend that has been growing rapidly over the past 30 years. “One of the reasons for it is that the world is moving towards the kinds of skills, demands and capabilities that are frequently represented by people who can work at home,” he says.
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Maybe you should let them work from home once in a while. A TODAY Money story this week on how employers are monitoring their at-home workers prompted a lot of readers to tell us that theyd like to work from home at least some of the time - apparently whether their boss is snooping or not. About half of the more than 11,000 people who took our poll said they would like to work from home some of the time, and another 37 percent said theyd prefer to do it all of the time. Only 11 percent said theyd never want to work from home. Some readers said they work at home most of the time, and like that they can do a little paid work, then a little domestic work, then a little paid work again. I am glad to have a career that lets me work around my personal life since that is the reason I work in the first place, one reader wrote. Others said they like working from home some of the time because they are fewer interruptions, and their bosses like it because they put in more hours. But some readers were more skeptical about whether working from home really, well, works. Some said workers were more likely to get passed up for promotions and other perks if they weren’t in the office, while others questioned whether they could get as much done at home.
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Buzz: Balancing work and life, by working at home
Forrester analyst David Johnson said more companies are embracing the idea of allowing employees to pursue flexible working arrangements — whether that means working from home all day or ducking out of the office to spend a few hours at a Wi-Fi-enabled eatery. In 2010, 18% of employees polled said that they worked from home at least one day a week. That’s now up to 26%, according to Forrester’s latest data. More people are also spending some of their working hours in public places, such as coffee shops. In 2010, about 6% of the respondents to Forrester’s survey said that they occasionally worked in public places. Now it’s 12%.
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