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The Work From Home Shift: How Millennials are Changing the Game

Modern technology and Millennial preferences have created a perfect storm for employees who want to work from home.

Wouldn’t it be great to roll out of bed and into work instantly? That’s what nearly 24% of full-time or part-time workers do in America every day!

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And this number is only on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 19% of workers worked from home just a decade ago.

But working from home is no longer seen as something only self-employed people do in their pajamas. Now, people across nearly every industry are working from home. This is likely due to improved technology, including faster and more reliable internet connections, email, and video conferencing programs like Skype.

According to Yahoo Finance, this new trend may also be a hallmark of today’s culture. Millennials, who recently surpassed Baby Boomers to become the largest group in the U.S. workforce, are more likely to expect working conditions to be catered to their individual preference. Millennials also place more value on work/life balance, which has them gravitating away from the typical 9-to-5, long commutes, and stuffy professional clothing.

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“This trend is likely to continue to accelerate as Baby Boomers transition towards retirement but don’t fully retire, and millennials move up in the workforce and bring their work style preferences with them,” Jason Dorsey told Yahoo Finance.

With big companies like Aetna, Dell and Wells Fargo among a ranking of the top 100 employers offering the most work-from-home flexibility, it seems safe to say that working from home is going to be a huge factor in Millennials’ job search.

How do you feel about working from home? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter at @WhatTheGenor @JasonDorsey, and don’t forget to include your #generation!

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