The number of remote working positions has steadily risen in recent years, to the extent that teleworking positions are no longer seen as a novelty. There remains scrutiny over the potential productivity of employees who work remotely, with some businesses remaining firm that central and shared office spaces are essential for efficient operations, while others believe that, in the right environment, remote working is not only as productive but even more so.

When remote workers fail to consider their environment, learning from the benefits of central office space design, their productivity tends to drop. However, when a professional space is well-designed, whether a public coworking area or a home office, there is proven and exceptional potential for productivity.

One of the best examples of good remote working office space design is available to those with gardens. This is because the outbuilding, that which has come to stand alongside or entirely replace the garden shed, is an ideal space for remote workers to find success.

Distraction-Free

One of the most common criticisms facing remote workers is the susceptibility to distraction. This occurs because, unlike shared and central office spaces, homes are not innately designed for remote working purposes. The same applies to cafe spaces, which are also a popular destination for remote workers. These environments are designed for other purposes, always leaving professional needs secondary.

Unlike cafes, however, homes can be redesigned with a professional space in mind. Outbuildings are ideal for this purpose because they allow residents to create an enclosed working space that is distraction-free. Without entertainment devices or the traffic of housemates, outbuildings, such as cabins and summer houses, allow remote workers to concentrate on their tasks and work without attention being diverted.

Separate

The separation of professional working spaces and personal spaces is also important for the long-term mental health of employees. This is because without the ability to create a physical barrier or distance between a working environment and a personal one, employees will find it difficult to switch off outside of working hours. Over time, this leads to overworking, stress, and a poor work-life balance.

By creating an office space that is entirely separate from a central living space, one established in a garden outbuilding, residents are able to contain their professional life and keep a distinct distance between their work and home.

Customisation

One of the reasons garden cabins and shed conversions are becoming so popular is because of their innate flexibility. Outbuildings can be designed and customised to suit a variety of needs, with affordable and quick changes making a huge difference to their utility and comfort.

Remote workers who are adopting outbuildings are creating not only professionally suitable spaces but also those that welcome a great degree of natural light, as well as ones powered partly or wholly by solar panels. Such quality-of-life features are potentially endless and can be just the characteristic that helps employees to achieve both productivity and happiness