A new study by insurance giant Aviva confirms that the number of shedworkers will rise over the next year as Covid-related changes to working from home begin to take hold.
survey reveals that one in 10 of the 1,400 people questioned already work from a garden office, converted
shed, garage or summerhouse and that this proportion will rise to 13%. Currently, it indicates that only around a third of people at the moment have a dedicated home office but that this figure will also rise, by around 10% since only one in five said they found working from home more stressful than 'normal' working routines (nearly half found it less stressful, pointing to the lack of commute, family-friendly nature of homeworking, and easier clothes decisions as key areas).
Aviva spokesman Gareth Hemming says in the report: "Flexible working and home-working practices have been around for some time, but they have really come into their own in the last year. 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."
Elsewhere, the report also shows that around two thirds of people are keen to make career changes as a result of Covid, with 10% hoping to work from home, putting it top of the wishlist, especially among the under-25 age group.