National Work from Home Week

Are you one of the many boomers who are working from home?

National Work from Home Week

Interesting statistics from the census bureau.

Working at Home is on the Rise
Advanced in communication and information technologies have allowed for a more mobile workforce.
This is reflected in a growing number of people working from home. Census Bureau surveys tell us who’s
working at home.

  • In 2010, 13.4 million people worked at least one day at home per week – an increase of over 4 million
    people (35 percent) in the last decade.
    9.2 million out of 132 million workers
    13.4 million out of 142 million workers
    Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
  • 4.2 million increase in home-based workers between 1997 and 2010
    Source: SIPP
    Home-based workers are:
    More likely in the private sector
    Of home-based workers, 39.4 percent were private company workers in 1980 compared to 59.5 percent
    in 2010. Home-based workers were the least likely to be government employees in both 1980 (4.2
    percent) and 2010 (5.6 percent).
    Source: 1980, 1990, and 2000 Decennial Census and 2010 American Community Survey (ACS)
    More likely to be in management and business
    The responsibilities and tasks associated with management and business translate well to home-based
    1 in 4
    Number of home-based workers employed in management, business, and financial occupations
    Source: 2010 ACS
    Growing quickly in computer, engineering, and science occupations
    Home-based work in computer, engineering, and science occupations increased 69 percent from
    252,000 workers in 2000 to 432,000 workers in 2010.
    Source: 2010 ACS and 2000 Decennial Census

    Defined as
    Home-based worker: a personal who works exclusively or part of the time from home
    home worker: a person who works exclusively from home
    mixed worker: a person who works at both home and at the job site
    Home Worker + Mixed Worker = Home-based worker
    More likely to be working from home on Monday or Friday
    Thursday is the least likely day to work from home
    Monday 38 %
    Tuesday 33 %
    Wednesday 33 %
    Thursday 29 %
    Friday 38 %
    Source: SIPP
    More Likely to live in the West
    Businesses in the West are more likely to allow working from home.
    Western states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
    Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
    Source: 2010 American Community Survey
    Boulder, CO highest percent of home-based workers in the U.S. at 10.9%

Why I spam-checked your message you mean….

I am getting too old for this stuff!

I have become more and more frustrated with the liberties taken with email.

Remember the days when the term “spam’ was reserved for the sales of items you would never want anyone to know you were buying or from foreign money scammers?
Those folks seem to be long-gone now and have been replaced by senders who otherwise appear to be legit.

Why is it that you cannot buy anything online without having to give out your email address?
Logically, yes, the retailer needs your email address to keep you updated on your purchase but, to take that email address and sabotage your inbox with more than several emails per day becomes frustrating. The emails that you really do want to read become lost in a sea of these advertisements.

The emails keep coming in….

Up to several a day and sometimes the will double send some emails just in case I missed the first one.

The ‘wise’ people out there will tell you to just unsubscribe.

That is easier said then done.
I have senders who want you to sign in and actually create an account to unsubscribe. Totally not getting it…
I attempted to unsubscribe to the barrage of Dell emails over the holidays and I was told that the unsubscribing would take place in a few to to up to a week.

My solution…
I have started to flag them as spam.
The more that we flag them as spam, the less we will see in our legitimate boxes. Sometimes, Google will also unsubscribe me when they move it to spam.

Why I spam-checked your message you mean….

I just spam checked one email when I saw one email teaser “why I deleted my Facebook”.
My reply, why I flagged your email as spam.

By the way, how many emails do we need to get “why I deleted my Facebook”?
Nobody cares. You’ll most likely be back anyway.

Where will you be in 2030?


I’ve gotten to the point where sometimes I am just happy to be alive and what happens from now on, I will take one day at a time.

There is just a point, somewhere around the age of 50, when you realize that some things just are not worth the sweat of the worry.
Sometimes you just can’t do anything about some things. Sometimes what ever got you in a tiff really has an outcome that has nothing to do with you or won’t kill you.

Thank goodness we survived parenthood and everything that came with it right?

About 10 years ago, someone came up with the idea that in the year 2030 baby boomers would have a ‘certain kind of an effect’ on the economy and everything else. What they were trying to say is that boomers would become a burden on society. So they decided to do a study on what the burden of baby boomers would most likely look like in the year 2030.

What the researchers found was that the economic burden of aging in 2030 should be no greater than the economic burden associated with raising large numbers of baby boom children in the 1960s.

A lot of things have changed since the 1960’s, as we all know.
Some things can be easily equated in proportion to today and 2030. Other things, such as wages and college education, may not be so proportional.

The researches wanted us all to prepare for what could happen.

The real challenges of caring for the elderly in 2030 will involve: (1) making sure society develops payment and insurance systems for long-term care that work better than existing ones, (2) taking advantage of advances in medicine and behavioral health to keep the elderly as healthy and active as possible, (3) changing the way society organizes community services so that care is more accessible, and (4) altering the cultural view of aging to make sure all ages are integrated into the fabric of community life.


To meet the long-term care needs of Baby Boomers, social and public policy changes must begin soon. Meeting the financial and social service burdens of growing numbers of elders will not be a daunting task if necessary changes are made now rather than when Baby Boomers actually need long-term care.

This has me thinking.
Has society, the government, or anyone else done anything to prepare for this since the results of this study were published?
Or, is this one more reason why we have to take our retirement future into our own hands?

Where will you be in 2030?

2030 seems like a long way away. I’m not sure where I will be or what I will be doing. I hope I will be alive though.

This research is now 10 years old.
We can make some personal reflections on these conclusions like, have we made any adjustments as suggested?

2030 is only 15 years away. Are we ready?