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The recent season premiere of Mad Men has us thinking about how much workstyles have changed over the past 50 years.  From the days of Don Draper and the Mad Men to current times with telecommuting, workshifting and all of the technology that has made work a thing you do – not a place you go.  Here’s a visual representation of work in 1962 vs. 2012.
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Full size infographic on the Citrix Flickr account.
  • AlwaysACritic

    I don’t know how many workers conduct “work” on an iPad. That is a poor example of mobile technology.

    • AlwaysACritic’sCritic

      I suspect all the people you know are cynical, unproductive toolbags.

    • AlwaysACritic’sCritic

      I suspect all the people you know are cynical, unproductive toolbags.

  • Polly

    I do know people who work on iPads, and it is an amazing work (and play) device.

  • Periwinkle

    “64% would spend the extra time saved by Teleworking focusing on their health and exercise.” Hahahahahaha!

  • Roger

    Considering the array of technologies that are now available to make “work shifting” not only viable, but in many cases more productive than commuting to an office every day, it might be time to retire the phrase “Teleworking”. I prefer “Remote Working”.

  • Andrew Ross

    The fact is that a tremendous number of people in industry have been working remotely for years (such as field sales people). The difference is now they are more connected than ever to the company they work for. And a parallel trend that isn’t addressed here but is too important to ignore is the number of roles now filled by independent contractors/consultants. Whether it’s the artists so central to Sterling Draper or so many other workplace functions, contractors who are located at their own offices are,in a sense,l working remotely.
    One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the need for being connected to customers. Without a good grasp of that, everybody can just stay home. And that’s not telecommuting. That’s unemployment

  • Mike Brown

    You left out the most important facts and figures. If you are comparing now and then and using Mad Men as your example you have to talk about drinking. smoking and womanizing in the workplace.

  • Mike Brown

    You left out the most important facts and figures. If you are comparing now and then and using Mad Men as your example you have to talk about drinking. smoking and womanizing in the workplace.

  • http://twitter.com/CJParrish2U Constance J Parrish

    More women are working today than in 1962, but still making less than male counterparts performing the same work.

  • Traveler

    Work shifting also includes work flexibility on a global scale. We now work globally on projects from Afghanistan to New Zealand with other teams in those countries. As a result of the time differences, we work from home as well as the office and anywhere we may be traveling. I use a great iPhone app to track times in other countries so we can coordinate. I’m not sure we really save time – we just work differently and more comfortably from wherever we are.

  • http://twitter.com/LittlehappyL Lorna Crawford

    you didn’t mention that for that $65K a year salary they are now so connected they work 24 x 7 including holidays! I think the salary might not seem so good when you divide by hours to get your hourly rate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blanchetsullivan Blanche T. Sullivan

    Interesting article with many great comments / valid points regarding “workshifting” — e.g., Lorna’s point re. 24/7. I know few people these days who conduct business solely Monday – Friday, 9-5.

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  • Pete

    Yes what a strange article. Not sure how it’s a comparison to Mad Men at all. Shouldn’t you talk about smoking in the workplace, sexism, salary? Very lame tie in!

    52% conduct business on Ipad? Maybe 52% claim their Ipad on tax for “work” purposes.

  • http://twitter.com/JeffMcMahon4 Jeff McMahon

    As that old song went “That’s just the way it is, baby…” It’s all well and good but is the quality (output) of work improving?