By Rose Stanley, originally posted at Doist.
you listen to your parents or grandparents talk about their work history, you’ll probably see an alarming trend — they didn’t go anywhere! They stayed at the same company year after year, often decade after decade. Compare that to the average job length as of January 2016: Just 4.2 years.
In fact if we look at the job landscape, a lot has changed in the past 50 years:
- Flexible work arrangements continue to shake up the traditional workplace environment. For example, a Gallup study found that 37% of US workers have telecommuted at some point “four times greater than the 9% found in 1995.” While salary is still the key factor in choosing a job, a 2014 Cisco study found that “the flexibility to set your own work schedule” ranked second among Gen X and Gen Y.
- Job hopping is becoming more and more common as workers chase different positions, challenging problems, and, of course, better perks (all without the retirement pensions of yore motivating them to stick around).
- Freelancing continues to rise constituting 35% of the US workforce in 2016.
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