Well before COVID, digital nomads pioneered working remotely. Now many technology users are finding ways to balance getting work done with their personal lives.
Events starting in the year 2020 have made more clear what has been happening for more than a decade – the digital transformation of work. An ever-widening range of occupations have grown to support remote working. The early adopters of remote work have included two contrasting ends of a continuum – employer-lead innovations and employee-enabled adoption. Employers and employees alike have increasingly intermixed their work and personal activities, and enacted ways to use their connected devices for work and play.
Consumers and employees have choices, and are increasingly juggling multiple devices. While some market segments use their various devices for a broad and rich combination of activities, others prefer to do certain activities only one one type of device. Furthermore, many connected adults use personal devices for work-related activities and vice-versa.
Summary of subjects covered in the Work/Life Balance lens tables
|Examples of TUP Questions Answered
|Gender, Age, Educational attainment, Employment status
|Household size, Household income, Presence of children
|Work from Home
|Working from home only – before or after February 2020
|Which social networks were visited in the prior 30 days
|Activities regularly used on connected devices, including social networking, shopping, communication, entertainment, imaging, information/search, cloud storage/sharing, productivity/personal
|The activities across all devices as well as by each device number
Links to Work/Life Balance lens tables
Recent findings from the TUP Work/Life Balance lens
- Most device hours are among younger workers
- Older workers anticipate workplace return
- Remote work pays: cross-country earnings compared
- Employers lag in home computer provisioning
- Half of Americans use a smartphone for work
- Home PCs shine again for remote work
- Remote work rates vary by age and country
- If most workers get their way, remote work is here to stay
- Generation gap in home computer use for work
- Smaller employers rely on workers’ home PCs
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