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Regardless of Government direction, it’s clear that a lot of companies and employees have realised how easy it is to work from home. In the future we think this means offices will still be used, but on a less frequent basis, saving time and carbon emissions.
But there is a problem – if you’re working from home, when do you switch off from work? How do you separate home life from work life, and when can you really relax if your boss has your home phone number on speed dial?
In his fascinating book “When”, Daniel Pink talks about how our cognitive abilities fluctuate over the course of a day. Combine this understanding with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s “Flow” where we derive genuine satisfaction from certain working conditions, and it’s clear that control of our working environment has a massive impact on the quality of work we produce.
But over-extend the time spent in that environment, and work becomes a chore. We need to balance the physical need for regular breaks to stretch and move, with the mental need to be allowed to focus on the important issues which is where we add most value.
We believe our garden offices allow this balance to be struck almost perfectly. Separated from the rest of your house, you can focus without distraction, but having the shortest commute in the world means you spend more time with those you love. It’s the best of both worlds.