Why a garden office could increase your productivity
With UK workers commuting to the office an average of 1.5 days a week, it’s no surprise that nearly 4,000 people in the UK search for ‘garden office ideas’ every month.
According to the Office of National Statistics, 84% of workers who have had to work from home due to the pandemic said they plan to do a mix of working from home and at their workplace in the future.
A garden office is useful now, but when you’ve just sold it could also add value to your home.
The average home office extension could increase the price of your property by 8.4% (around £20,000 for an average UK home), according to research by luxury lodge and garden room retailers , Crown Pavilions.
And with more people working from home permanently, that number can only grow, they say.
Luke Dejahang, CEO of Crown Pavilions, said: “We have seen sales of garden offices increase by 40% over the last year, and especially after the first lockdown, when we saw a 65% increase in sales.
Luke shared some tips on how you can improve your home office space, no matter the size or the season.
Have a designated workspace
Although it’s a dream for most people, working from home comes with its own set of challenges.
When you never leave your house and your bed is only steps away, it can be difficult to mentally leave “home mode” and enter “work mode”.
When such a warm environment surrounds you, how can you motivate yourself to do your job?
Making the most of a temporary desk in your bedroom or a temporary seat at your dining table can make it difficult to separate home and work life.
A garden office bypasses all of this as it is a free-standing structure that provides a dedicated workspace away from household noises and disturbances.
“Your mental well-being and your productivity could both benefit from a garden office. Plus, it will remove clutter from inside your workspace, allowing you to regain space that could have been lost to a desk or an office chair,” Luke said.
Improve your lighting
Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to your home or office. Our habit is to just flip a switch in the morning or when it gets dark and forget about it.
However, the quality and productivity of our lives can be significantly affected by the lighting in our environment.
Natural light is the best light for productivity. Research on the effect of sunlight on employees’ mental health, productivity and job satisfaction has found that sunlight has a direct positive impact on these factors.
Morning sun exposure promotes the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles, as well as increasing alertness during the day.
Get some greenery
Many indoor plants can purify the air in a home, making them a great addition to a home office.
Bringing greenery into your office will literally and figuratively give it a breath of fresh air if it’s feeling a little stale, whether in the air quality or the decor.
“The best place to hang office plants is in low traffic areas, such as corners and above mid-rise furniture, such as filing cabinets,” Luke added.
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