Friday, November 27, 2020

The attractions of wintry shedworking

It's that time of the year now when we start to bring you lovely shots of garden offices in appetisingly wintry surroundings. To kick off the 2020 series, here is the tremendous garden office (and view from it) of solicitor Paul Bennett of Bennett Briegal, a specialist firm for other lawyers and their clients in the professions. Here's what he says about it:
"The commute is not as bad as it used to be #WFH I’ve gone from 3 hours each way once or twice a week to maybe 40 seconds... what a lovely winter's morning."
The firm also has an interesting blog which includes a useful post about Covid-19: Confidentiality and Working From Home.


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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Where to put your garden office

A short but useful quick reminder for those of you thinking about becoming shedworkers comes from Gardening Etc - it lists five considerations for your garden office and we felt the second point was worth noting in particular. Here it is:

Assuming the end of the garden is the best location for your garden office can be an error. ‘Is there an awkward, unloved nook in your garden that could be better used instead?’ asks Nick. ‘What view would you like? Do you want your building to face north for a cooler outlook, south for a sunny aspect, east for the morning sun or west for afternoon warmth and glorious sunsets?

Image courtesy Arctic Cabins


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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Zoom Room


As we head towards the end of 2020, this is likely to be the last new model of the year, and it's the appropriately named Zoom Room from Swift Garden Rooms. Full details still to be announced but the chief selling point seems to be that it can be delivered and built in your garden in a single day in full 'plug and play' mode with  mains power, USB chargers, and remote control lighting.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stilgoe in the Shed

Pianist and singer Joe Stilgoe (Richard's son, for those of you who think the name sounds familiar) has been broadcasting from his shed during both lockdowns in the UK, initially daily and then moving to weekly performances. Now, he has released an album (his eighth) called Stilgoe in the Shed, featuring 15 songs recorded on one day in his shed in Sussex following feedback from listeners.

“All these songs mean different things to different people," says Joe, "but for me there’s an attachment because at a time when the days seemed to meld into one another, playing every day in the shed gave me a tangible memory for each flip of the calendar, and each song its own poignant place. They, and music in general, took on new meaning during the lockdown and I’m grateful not only for the escape and comfort that music brings but also the support I and the show received every day.”

Here he is with a lovely rendition of Wichita Lineman.



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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Garden office cakes

These marvellous shedworking cakes were made by the latest customer of Swift Garden Rooms for her installers who have been putting together her new garden baking studio. Top work.


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Friday, November 20, 2020

Pandemic is convincing managers that working from home is viable, says new study

One of the historic problems about shedworking and working from home in general has been the reluctance of some managers to believe that it is a viable option. But according to a new study from the Equal Parenting Project at the University of Birmingham and the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance team at the University of Kent, managers have become more positive about their staff working from home since lockdown.

Researchers spoke to more than 700 managers across the UK in a range of industries and at all levels of management for what is the first academic piece of research exploring managerial experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

Overall, 55% of managers reported over 80% of their employees have been working from home since lockdown. The key finding of the study is that "fewer managers now believe that presenteeism and long working hours are essential to career progression within organisations". Indeed, 56% of managers also reported that working from home increases productivity, concentration, and motivation due to their experiences in lockdown, a rise of 14% compared to pre-lockdown figures.

Dr Holly Birkett, Co-Director of the Equal Parenting Project at the University of Birmingham said:

“The report shows managers are much more positive about working from home and flexible working, than they were before the pandemic.  Managers say their organisations are going to be more supportive of homeworking and flexible working in the future, including more likely to support working from home, job shares and part time working even for Senior roles. This change along with the breakdown of the presenteeism culture and the removal of a flexibility stigma, which existed before COVID -19, could help improve employee wellbeing, help to support people to take on caring roles and break down many of the barriers women face to balancing career and family, with the potential to improve female representation on Boards and close the gender pay gap.”

Dr Heejung Chung, Principal Investigator of the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance Project at the University of Kent added:" As we have also seen in our previous employee survey, the flexible working genie is out of the bottle - more workers want to work flexibly in the future, and as this report has shown, managers now see how flexible working can benefit companies."

Photo courtesy Warwick Garden Buildings 


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Piers Morgan: shedworker

Journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan is about to become a shedworker. He announced his intention on the breakfast show Good Morning Britain this week and said he was looking forward to having his own dedicated garden office where he could write his columns and books. It's not clear exactly which model, but it comes from the Archipod stable which we have featured several times before on Shedworking. Planning permission is ongoing but it looks like it's going to happen.


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