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Brief Published: 13 Jul 2016

The New Work Week

Since 2003, the average time employees spend working at home has increased by 40 minutes

The annual American Time Use Survey (ATUS) from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics has found the traditional nine-to-five work week is changing form, with increasing numbers of employees working from home.

Released last month, the survey found that the share of US workers doing some or all of their work at home grew from 19% in 2003 – the first year the survey was conducted – to 24% in 2015. In the same period, the average time employees spent working at home on days they worked increased by 40 minutes.

Compared to workers with less education, employees aged 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree or higher were most likely to be affected by the shift, with 39% saying they do some or all of their work from home. Just 7% of workers with less than a high school diploma worked from home – most likely because the majority of service jobs can’t be completed outside the workplace. 

For office workers, advances in 24/7 connectivity are likely to continue to blur the line between work and home life, increasing the demand for co-working communities, luxury tech and ultra-portable products – see Digital Nomads for more.

For more insight into the attitudes, technology and lifestyle shifts shaping the future of the workplace, see our new report Work Reimagined