The workweeks of many PR and marketing pros are becoming increasingly longer.
Data suggest the average “traditional workweek”—as many once knew it—is now pushing 60 hours.
A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says telecommuting or working from home is partially to blame.
From Fast Company:
The number of people working from home increased [roughly] 20 percent in 2003—and rose to 24 percent in 2015. Concurrent with the findings of the previous surveys on longer hours, the American Time Use Survey reveals that the average time employed persons spent working at home on days they worked increased by 40 minutes from 2.6 hours to 3.2 hours.
In certain industries such as accounting, law, consulting, or at startups in general, that balance is assumed to be impossible. The 80-hour workweek people complain [that] there’s no time for everything else.
For some, the occasional Friday spent working from home can lessen the stressors of an otherwise maddening workweek, but it isn’t the only way to achieve work/life balance.