Plenty of people who work from home have a home office, a dedicated, IRS-approved space to work. However, the group of those who work from home without a dedicated space is growing consistently. Working from the kitchen table, to the couch or bedroom is more and more common than not. How did this happen? When did the home office begin disappearing, and what is going to take its place? Keep reading to find out why home office spaces are dwindling, and find the full article here.
How technology killed the home office
Recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 24% of employed people did some or all of their work at home.
“But even with the move to more work-from-home situations, few people seek a traditional study,” says Glenn S. Phillips of Lake Homes Realty.
Chalk this up to shrinking square footage (U.S. Census data show the median square footage of a single-family home fell 73 square feet this year) and the rise of open floor plans which blur defined spaces. Phillips also notes that in days of yore, people needed a whole lot of stuff to work: not only staplers, but also physical reference material, files, landline phones, and desktop computers hooked to modems to access the internet. Remember those days?