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Is Remote Working A Permanent Thing For You Now?

At Prestige & Village, we aim to provide you with as much support and guidance in the housing market. Given the events of the past year, it is likely that many people have re-evaluated what is important to them in their home, and in what house they would like to buy next.

Depending on your current working practice, you might be working from home. If this is expected to continue for some time, even after a year, it is likely to influence your thinking.

The study conducted by Aviva highlights the following findings:

  • 34% of homeworkers currently use an office inside their property
  • 43% plan to use an office inside their home in the future
  • The number of people who currently work in an outbuilding or converted shed is 10%, but expected to rise to 13%

How are you working from home?

Even though many people have been working from home for a year, this doesn’t mean people are working comfortably. You still might have a temporary workspace, and this might not be ideal for you.

Aviva also looked at this, and some of the ways people are working from home include:

  • 48% are using tables in rooms designed for another use
  • 22% are using sofas and armchairs
  • 14% are working from their bed
  • 31% of homeworkers aged under 25 have said they work from their bed on occasions

Do you enjoy working from home?

Aviva carried out a study in autumn last year, and they found many people considered remote working as a positive aspect. The study spoke to close to 1,400 professionals who were working remotely. The study found:

  • 48% of respondents said it was less stressful than their standard working practice
  • 57% benefitted from the lack of commuting
  • 29% enjoyed more time with their family
  • 42% said they enjoyed not worrying about what they had to wear
  • 19% of respondents said they found working from home more stressful
  • 27% of respondents said they don’t have a suitable space to work
  • 19% felt they were competing with others for space
  • 18% of respondents said it was too noisy at home

Gareth Hemming, MD, Personal Lines, Aviva, says: “Flexible working and home-working practices have been around for some time, but they have really come into their own in the last year. Many employees report they have been less stressed and more productive as a result of working from home. They have had the flexibility to work around their personal lives and they have been trusted to work in a way that suits them.”

Gareth also said; “While home-working is not the choice of every individual, we are likely to see more flexibility as a basic benchmark for the future, with many people working remotely, at least some of the time. Many insurance providers adapted their home products during the pandemic to allow people to work from home without making any changes to their policies, but if customers are unsure about their cover, they should speak to their insurer to check that it is suitable for their circumstances.”

At Prestige & Village, we care about our community and supporting others. We aim to provide you with as much help and assistance as we can. If you have any property or housing questions, please feel free to contact us today.

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