Take five seconds to think back to 2010. President Obama had completed his first year in office, the waves created by the global financial crisis continued to crash onto shores around the world and the first iPad was about to hit the shelves.

Are you working more or less hours than you were then?

We asked more than 3,000 of our customers and more than one-third replied “Yes”.

Our 2015 Productivity Trends Report highlights the changes over the past five years in working behavior, and the devices we turn to for assistance in our working lives.

Working Day Infographic

When do you complete most of your work?

Generation X Working Deep Into Night

Our data suggests that if you started working before the millennium, you’re more likely to relate to this finding: 21% of respondents that started their career pre-2000 told us they are now working longer hours than 5 years ago. Only 13% that started working after 2000 told us the same thing.

20% Working 10-Hour Days

Globally, and in the U.S., 20% told us they were working 51 hours or more per week. That’s 20% working at least 10 hours a day. This is equivalent to working 8 a.m. -7 p.m., allowing for an hour of breaks. In practice, many of us will be maximizing time while commuting, making time during the evenings and dipping in and out of work over weekends.

18% More U.S. Workers Now Working From Home

Whether this is a positive depends upon personal aspirations and motivations. What’s for certain is that devices such as our smartphones and iPads have made it far easier for us to stay connected to work, wherever we are and at any time of day. Accessories such as Keyboard Cases for iPads have accelerated the adoption of the tablet as a productivity enabler, allowing iPad owners to replicate their laptop experience.

That said, the vast majority of U.S. customers (59%) did tell us they are spending a majority of their working time in the office. This represents almost no change over 5 years when 60% were spending the majority of their time in the office.

The biggest shift we saw was in the percentage of customers now spending the majority of their working time at home. U.S. workers are 18% more likely to spend the majority of their time at home. Globally we’ve seen a 21% swing of our customers working more from home than they were 5 years ago.

15-Hour Weeks?

There’s a wonderful short article published by the Economist that summarizes some of the notable predictions for how many hours we’d be working today. Back in 1930, there was a thought that suggested technological advancements would negate the need for us to be working more than 15 hours a week by 2030. That’s only 15 years away, and while it’s clear modern technology is an enabler, it’s certainly not a substitute for human productivity. The latest device making its way into the workplace is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Have you or any of your peers turned to the Surface with the expectation of productivity gains yet?

You can view our full Productivity Trends Report here.