Working from home has long been associated with the allure of freedom.
Without a boss lurking over your shoulder you’re able to make multiple cups of coffee with ease, surf social media and take a longer lunch break than necessary – which all sounds pretty dreamy, right?
According to a recent survey by Fuze – a Boston-based communications company – we’d be happy to take that a step further and work from the comfort of our warm, cosy beds or set up shop from our local pub, all to avoid commuter chaos.
After surveying 1,000 Brits, their research concluded that 28% of us would like to work from the pub, while 36% would like to work straight from our beds.
But, while cuddling up in our laptops with a duvet might sound a great idea on paper, it has its drawbacks.
“I'd definitely rather work from a pub than my bed,” Cressida Meale, a freelance journalist and brand consultant, told Stylist.
“I’ve tried the latter a few times, and it just makes me feel very out of control. I like to get up at a normal time every day, get dressed and keep working and relaxing spaces separate, otherwise there's just no escape from deadlines etc.”
It’s not just workers who benefit from their pub-based home office, either: in fact, previous research has shown that working remotely generally increases happiness and productivity.
In 2014, Nicholas Bloom and James Liang gave call centre staff the opportunity to work from home for nine months: half of the volunteers were able to telecommute, whereas the rest remained in the usual office environment. After collating all of the performance data and survey responses, the employees who worked from home were both happier and far less likely to quite than their colleagues who stayed working from the office.
Bloom, a professor of economics at Standford, wasn’t content to end his research there: speaking in a TED talk earlier this year, he revealed that a Singapore company conducted a two-year study where half of the staff worked from home for four days a week, and the other half came into the office for five days a week.
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According to Bloom, the employees who worked from home had a “massive” increase in productivity.
No wonder, then, that working from home appeals to a whopping 85% of workers. Yet, despite the proven benefits, only 47% of us currently do so.
Meale, waxing lyrical about her own remote working set-up, tells us: “I like the ability to manage my own time, avoid office politics and dreadful commutes and ultimately, be wherever I choose to be.
“I split my time between my kitchen, local cafes and nicer spaces within central London. Often, I'll meet up with other freelancers and we'll have 'work dates', sipping overpriced coffee in fancy environments to feel like we're living the dream.
“Fresh air is essential to stop you going mad, it's easy to get cabin fever if you stay in one place all the time.”
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