As a site that champions flexible and remote work, everyone at FlexJobs knows quite a bit about the history of flexible working. But we wanted to dig deeper to see what we could find, in particular, about the history of working from home. And we really do mean the complete history… we got swept up in research and wound up as far back as the hunter-gatherers. But if you’re at all interested in remote work and how it came to be, which we clearly are, it’s all pretty interesting.

In fact, as you’ll read in this piece, the history of working from home isn’t nearly as recent as many think. It actually has a much longer past than our history of working in offices. The growth of remote work in the last 10 years is ultimately a return to an early and long-used way of working.

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