How do you learn when working from home?
Working from home is rapidly becoming mainstream. In The Netherlands, the number of people working from home, usually or occasionally, has increased by 300,000 in five years’ time. Among women, the increase was the highest. Three million people are now working from home in The Netherlands. This is 37% of all workers. In 2013 this was 34%.
Women are closing the gap
Men are more likely to work from home than women, but the gap has narrowed in recent years. In 2017, the shares were 38% and 35% respectively compared to 37% versus nearly 32% in 2013.
The increase in the number of women working from home was mainly seen in work that is usually carried out from home. There are also occasional home workers; they typically work at another location away from home, but occasionally – whether on fixed days weekly or not – work from home. This group has also grown slightly among working women. Among men, the share of occasional home workers increased slightly between 2013 and 2017 while the share of regular home workers remained virtually unchanged.
Permanent employment vs self-employed
Working from home regularly is more widespread among the self-employed. Furthermore, the increase in the share of women is mainly seen in this group: from 48% in 2013 to 56% in 2017. In addition, more women in permanent employment started working from home in 2017, both on a regular (9%) and on an occasional basis (28%). In 2013, these shares amounted to 6% and 25% respectively.
Creativity seems to blossom at home
When broken down by occupational class, most of female home workers are seen in creative or linguistic jobs, namely 71%. Similarly, large groups are women in managerial (70%) or IT-related (68%) positions. Among men who work from home, the largest groups are those in IT-related jobs (69%) and in education (68%).
The effect on learning
With the workforce more and more dispersed, including working from home, learning needs special attention. Organisations need to provide their co-workers with tools so they can learn wherever they are, i.e. digital learning. Their learning journey needs to be an individual one, aligned with their needs of what they would need when, how. DuoTrainin is an intelligent micro-learning system that answers most of today’s pressing learning questions.