How Millenials Are Mastering Working From Home
The discussion of remote working can often become quite heated. There are a great many employees who see that the benefits of remote working are undeniable and, yet, they are faced with staunch opposition by a number of individuals and groups who see central and shared working spaces as essential.
Neither side has yet to truly overcome the other and it seems that a hybrid compromise is the only way forward. Despite this, however, there are a great many employees, especially across the Millennial generation, who are paving the way for remote working culture to become the mainstream form of professional employment. One of the most apparent ways in which this is happening is occurring within the home.
One of the great challenges remote workers face is creating a professional working space at home. For many, it is a difficult transition because the rooms of a home are generally well-defined. Adding an office space isn’t always easy.
However, modern furniture and interior designs are increasingly modular, being championed by residents across the UK. Modular desks, for example, can be added to a room without compromising the current set-up, compacting or being concealable when not in use. Such designs are allowing even residents of small homes and apartments to add a working space to their property, bringing out their professional setting only when it’s needed.
Seeing certainty in the future of remote working, many Millennial homeowners and property buyers are choosing dedicated home offices. There is a trend, for example, of gardens becoming host to log cabins and similar structures, as a way of creating a brand new and dedicated professional space at home, one that is separate from the central living space of the property. The demand for dedicated professional spaces at home is so significant that many agents and developers are now marketing homes with their office space in mind.
Home offices are considered to be essential by many proponents of remote working because failing to dedicate a professional space to a job role at home can reduce productivity and, overall, hinder one’s connection to a business. By creating an office, remote workers are able to feel like they are a part of the professional environment, even with the flexibility of being elsewhere.
Despite initial concerns, early studies are demonstrating that, in the right circumstances, remote working actually increases productivity. Millennials are celebrating the absence of commutes, flexible working hours, and the lower costs associated with remote working by, ultimately, being more productive in their roles.
For savvy businesses, engaging with this potential boost in both productivity and morale is important, as well as not always being easy. While remote working may seem like a quick fix for many, it requires managers and employees to remain connected, which can be challenging across distances. This is why many are opting for hybrid working schedules, operating remotely but with regular, face-to-face meetings.