Working from home is no longer an American dream, as the workplace continues to transition to the digital world. In fact, 84% of Americans work remotely from home more than once a month, according to a new infographic by Workspot – and on a weekly basis, nearly one out of four Americans telecommute.
With telecommuting on the rise, it’s no surprise that Americans are taking on more side-jobs in their free time. Workspot found that over 53 million Americans participate in freelance work, contributing a whopping $715B to the U.S. economy. Platforms like oDesk and eLance make it easier than ever to freelance, allowing people to take jobs with the click of a button, from anywhere in the world.
The progression of technology over time has also introduced a new generation of workers: millennials (by most definitions, these are people born during or after the 1980’s). By 2030, tech-savvy millennials are expected to make up 75% of the American workforce, up from this year’s projection of 32% – while around 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day. There’s no doubt that millennials have a direct impact on the advancement of technology, with successful companies like Facebook and Snapchat being headed by young, tech-savvy CEOs.
While all of these facts and figures only paint a small picture of the global workforce, the rise of millennials and advancement of technology around the world is sure to have a large impact for years to come.
Will there finally be a day where we live in a fully-mobile workforce? It sure is amazing to see how far the workplace has advanced in just 50 years – from communicating with letters, phone calls and faxes to video conferences and email from our mobile devices.
For more statistics about trends in the American workplace of 2015, including how Americans are using their mobile devices for work, take a look at the full infographic below.