Will Working from Home Become the New Normal?

For a while now, companies have recognised the benefits of having staff that work remotely. It saves their resources in the form of large office spaces and the overheads associate with them. The biggest concern in the minds of organisations, however, was the security associated with allowing employees access to systems from home.

 

COVID expedited what we believe would have happened slowly over the next few years and enforced homeworking, which made companies test their infrastructures and systems earlier than expected.

 

Homeworking is beneficial to both the employer and employees. Workers enjoying cutting out the commute time and can be around at home for deliveries, family, pets, and so on. So, with it seemingly being a win-win, will more people opt to continue working from home once this pandemic has passed?

 

The ‘gig economy’ has been exploding in recent years, with many people gaining paid jobs on the internet and working from home, so if employers offered the chance to work from home instead of travelling into the office how many more would opt to do so? Google already told staff they would be working from home until at least Summer 2021 and they are unlikely to be alone in this measure.

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Of course, it’s not all a bed of roses, many people found that working from home with the entire family home was distracted and could limit productivity. There was very little warning with COVID which meant people were operating under makeshift conditions, working from a laptop at a kitchen table, Argos and the likes quickly sold out of desks and chairs so that people could create that dedicated office space.

 

There has been a rise in people looking for some extra space since lockdown in the form of garden rooms and offices. These rooms a multi-functional and provide additional space that can be used to work in peace and quiet, increasing productivity and ensuring everything needed for the tasks required are at hand and not cluttering up the main living accommodation. They also provide space to start a home business as well as being purely office space.

 

Ultimately, COVID has inadvertently produced a large social experiment that could change the world on so many levels in the immediate future, steering us towards a new normal and where and how we work will be at the forefront of this. IT skills will likely become even more valuable, with many other jobs likely to become in lower demand such as cleaning contractors who service office blocks for example. This will leave some people needing to reskill in order to maintain some form of paid employment.

 

We predict a massive shift is beginning to take place, we would love to hear your thoughts about this topic. Join in the conversation with us on social media.

If you want to be prepared and fancy a garden office of your own, you can start your search here.

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Start Working For Yourself With a Garden Room

There’s no denying that are living in the midst of a seismic shift. The Covdi-19 pandemic seems to have accelerated things that experts have known would happen for years.

Organisations have been looking at financial and environmental factors that would have eventually led to a focus on employees working from home. For businesses the costs of physical offices, staff to maintain these offices and the carbon emissions of premises are all negatives that could be reduced by implementing strategies for their workforce to carry out their tasks from home.

Government organisations and large companies who were forced into testing this home-working earlier than perhaps they would have liked have seen that their infrastructures could support this shift with some now deciding to make these changes more permanent.

 

Other organisations have made unfortunately had to make some serious cuts to their workforce with numerous redundancies despite the government’s furlough scheme.

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Those that did work in makeshift conditions during lockdown will know that if this was to become a permanent change, they would need a more dedicated space to work from. Kitchen tables and laptops can’t cut it on a long-term basis, which is why the demand form garden office solutions has increased in the last few months.

 

Not only can garden rooms be used to create a dedicated office space, but the versatile nature of them also lends itself well for so many home-based business opportunities, so whether you’ve been asked to start working from home, or were made redundant and want to go solo and start your own enterprise, the garden is the place to do it! We take a look at some solutions below.

 

The Garden Office

Steel Framed Home Office

There are so many garden offices on our marketplace that there really is something to suit everyone. Whether you’re looking for a small dedicated space in the garden to work in peace and quiet, or something larger that a small team of people could occupy, then the garden office Is the ideal solution. There are even cubicle solutions that can be installed both inside and outside.

*Pictured is the Steel Framed garden Office By Option garden Buildings

Craft Room

Craft Workshop

Crafters will know that they need their own dedicated space to create their little masterpieces. Organisation is key with everything in its place and a place for everything. Garden rooms are ideal, giving you that dedicated space to create exactly as you desire with bespoke options, off the shelf units and even DIY projects for those that enjoy a challenge.

•Pictured is The Bespoke Handcrafted Workshop by Burlington Garden Buildings

 

Fitness Studio

Garden Gym

COVID has certainly made a huge impact on how we work out. With clever PT’s, yoga teachers and the like finding new ways to keep their clients in shape. Zoom was a godsend for many, and while Joe Wicks managed to find a room to teach the nation’s children, making sure they had a dedicated space was something that the majority weren’t prepared for. A garden room provides ample space, with the ability to choose the flooring and interior to work around you and your workouts.

•Pictured is Sensational Spaces Home Gym

 

Beauty Room / Salon

Home Hair Salon

Those in the beauty industry have perhaps had the most confusing time of all navigating the ever-changing government advice on when they could return to work with some of these small businesses being hit extremely hard by the pandemic. Anyone qualified and talented in hairdressing and beauty treatments can always find clients with the help of some advertising g on social media, which is why creating a dedicated space makes sense. It eliminates the majority of the overheads, means clients don’t have to come into your home and you don’t need to be travelling to theirs. You can create the perfect atmosphere for your clients to relax while they get pamperedwhile you work from home.

* Pictured is The Balmoral by HG Spaces

Workshop

Workshop

Workshops are handy for many home-based businesses. Whether you’re a carpenter, mechanic, a tinkerer, or perhaps a restorer, having a dedicated workshop built for exactly your needs could help your business venture soar.

*Pictured is The Bespoke Room by RA Garden Rooms

 

Music Room / Sound Studio

Music room

These garden rooms lend themselves very well to creating a dedicated sound studio for music producers, or an ideal band practice room, or teaching room for music teachers. Away from the main living accommodation, they can be easily soundproofed if necessary and keep the noise of your love of music away from people trying to relax at home.

*Pictured is the Pinnacle by Green Retreats

Writers Retreat

The Writers Studio

Writers need some peace and quiet to allow their creative juices to flow. Creating a dedicated space to take a cuppa and go and write with a nice view of the garden and the sounds of the birds for company creates the perfect serene backdrop to get those words down.

*Pictured is The Writers Studio by Curve Garden Buildings

 

Artist’s Studio

Art Studio

Art can be a messy business, which is why creating a dedicated studio away from the main living quarters makes a lot of sense. As with writers, artists need some space and quiet time to think and produce their masterpieces, so the garden is the perfect space.

•Pictured is Log Cabin Emma by Urban Decor

 

 

 

Air B&B

Air B&B Pod

For those with ample space on their hands, there are numerous options to create a little Air B&B or glamping business. Staycations have become increasingly popular and will probably be even more sure during the throes of this pandemic and for a while afterwards as people will be wary of visiting foreign lands. The possibilities here are huge, from basic accommodation or empty shells that you can fit yourself, to fully ready and operational solutions.

•Pictured is The Bespoke Camping Pod by Garden Room Design

 

As you can see, there are so many opportunities with a humble little garden room, but these are just the tip of the iceberg, you are only limited by your imagination, so why not visit our website here and review and compare all the options to start working from home!

 

Of course, there are certain considerations that should be made before you start executing any plan for your home-based business such as seeking permission from your mortgage provider or landlord. Depending on the nature of the business, you may also need permission from your local council, so we always advise doing a little research first.

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6 Versatile Garden Office Solutions

There’s no denying the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world, the repercussions of which we have yet to see. Many believe, that the way we do things will be permanently changed, long after the threat of the virus has disappeared.

One of the changes that are anticipated, is the rise of remote working. Remote working isn’t exactly a new concept. The internet, cloud storage, connectivity, and enhancements in security have made it easier for employees to carry out their work from home, which has a number of benefits for both the employer and employee. Employers can reduce the overheads of their office costs and employees can reduce commuting time and costs.

The COVID pandemic, expedited the need for companies to implement systems to allow customers to work from home. Zoom became a verb almost overnight with many people now referring to online meetings as zooms in the same way we refer to searching the internet as googling something.

Working from home does, in some cases have its disadvantages though, such as distractions, interruptions from the people or animals you live with and a lack of dedicated space, all of which reduce productivity. For those that simply don’t have the space to create a home office inside the house, a garden room is the ideal solution. We have selected six from our marketplace to showcase versatility. But you can, of course, start your own search here.

 

Lugarde Napoloen Garden Office

Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office

The Lugarde Napoleon garden home office always puts a smile on people’s faces. Its compact size belies its capacity to be the perfect tiny home office. Planning rules friendly (less than 2.5m high) and offering lots of light through its double-glazed windows and matching door, the windows offer air-grates for fresh air. The design is clean and contemporary and will fit into any sized garden. The inside is beautifully finished in natural pine with an internal roof finial, requiring no further work.

 

Morgan Garden Studio garden Office

Morgan Garden Studio

A stylish and alternative solution for extra indoor space within your garden. Morgan Garden Studios offer a product that stands out for its beautiful design and quality build. Every garden-studio is handcrafted in their workshop and delivered and assembled on site. The concrete pad system in which the studio will sit on is also provided and the highest quality materials such as cedar shingles, slate and the choice of stone or brick cladding will give your garden studio the individual look.

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Oakland Garden office

Oakland

The Oakland garden room is ideal for use a garden office and highly customisable to suit your individual style. It comes in a range of size and design options with a choice for supply only, or supply and fit. There is a range of colours to suit your taste which requires no painting. This room is low maintenance and fully insulated and secure.

 

Merywen garden office

Merywen 

The standard Merywen design comprises of a highly insulated core clad in local Welsh larch and comes in three sizes. Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, it is designed to be versatile, economical and contemporary and provide space ancillary to the main living quarters. Another Japanese element that can be included on request is the upholstery of furniture and for this, the maker will follow principles of Wabi-Sabi in the designs of patterns for cushions or mattress covers with the introduction of some Sashiko stitches technique.

 

garden office tg01

The Garden Office | TGO1

The TGO1 combines modern styling with a traditional garden lodge feel to create what is now a current-day classic. The sloping roof of the TGO1 extends from all sides creating a grand hooded feature, styled in either black or graphite. The three-board decking is colour matched with your choice of either graphite or black to complete the pleasant aesthetic finish. Unique to the TGO range is the wrap-around door and window sets to enhance the corner aspect of your garden office.

 

OfficePOD 5.0 garden office

OfficePOD 5.0 Series

Through their unique ability to be located both outside and inside buildings, OfficePOD’s range of products offers unrivalled choice for those who need to make better use of their valuable real estate. And when a lack of space and privacy risk compromising basic operational effectiveness, productivity, and even morale, they can create new space in underused areas such as lightwells, courtyards, and atria. The OfficePOD 5.0 Series is also available to rent as well as purchase, which makes it ideal for people who don’t want the commitment of a large purchase, those who rent their home or people looking for a less permanent solution.

 

 

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Home Office

More people than ever are working from home, whether on a self-employed basis or a flexible working contract. Home working can bring flexibility and an improved work-life balance, but it comes with its own challenges. To work from home effectively, you must be super organised and disciplined. The space you work in will make all the difference. Maximise your chance of success with our top 5 ways to create the perfect home office.

Make your home office a space you want to spend time in

Unless you’re a true minimalist, plain white walls and nothing other than the most essential furniture and equipment will not make for an inviting space. If you’re working from home, you will be spending a lot of time in your office, so you need it to make it somewhere you want to be.

This will vary between individuals but consider creating an ambience that suits your personal style as well as being conducive to productivity. If you need to get a lot done quickly, dim lights and incense probably won’t help. Make it comfortable by investing in a good chair. Are you the type of person who works better with photos of loved ones around or do you see work as an escape from the family, preferring to look at scenic pictures of nature?  Get a good balance between style and functionality, adding personal touches to boost your mood.

Keep your home office neat and tidy

You will do your best work in a neat and tidy office, free of clutter. Invest in useful storage and filing solutions – and use them! When working from home, it’s your responsibility to clean the office. Make time in your schedule for clearing and tidying your space so that it doesn’t get cluttered. Knowing where everything is can help you to stay calm and focused whilst working.

Equip your home office to meet your needs

Make sure you have everything you need to get the job done. The right technology can make all the difference to your work rate and how easy your life is whilst working. You might want to consider upgrading your internet connection or having a dedicated work phone number.

How do you want to use your office? Will you be holding meetings in there or is it just for you? This will affect the furniture you need. If you intend to have customers in your space, think about how it will look to them and whether you’re creating the right impression.

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Utilise the space effectively

Depending on the room you are using, you may have limited space so it’s important to get the most out of it, no matter how small. Measure the space before you buy furniture and invest in smart storage solutions that don’t take up too much room. If you’re working with limited space, consider devices that have multiple functions in one.

If you have the luxury of a larger space, make sure you maximise it’s potential. Don’t be tempted to junk it up with furniture you don’t need or use it as a storeroom. Consider having different areas for different purposes, such as a refreshment area, desk space, guest area etc.

Plan for avoiding distractions

Working from home inevitably brings its own distractions. Whilst you may be free from the office gossip, now you’ve got to manage yourself and that’s easier said than done for most people. Partners and children can add an additional layer to this problem. Make sure you plan for any distractions you may face. Clearly define your boundaries in terms of workspace and hours you will be working. Communicate these clearly to members of your household. Get a Do-Not-Disturb door sign if necessary. Write a list of things that may distract you – your phone, impromptu visitors, the lure of the fridge, the tv etc. – and plan for each one. Be strict with yourself. Plan your schedule and stick to it.

Following these top tips will help you create the perfect home office. If you find your spare room just isn’t enough, consider a garden room, tailored to your needs. This will ensure you have the ideal space for your requirements, separate from the main house and all its distractions.

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