There are several advantages to working from home. Not only do you save time travelling back and forth from work twice a day, but you save money on public transport and/or filling your car up with gas. You also have more time to spend with pets and you can eat healthier and save money on lunch.
The list of benefits is long but one other benefit that quickly comes to mind is being able to organize your work setting however you like. And as the days get longer and the weather improves, it seems many people are preparing to make the most of their workday by transporting their work desk outdoors.
A recent survey found 45 per cent of people have struggled with their mental health during the pandemic and more than four in 10 of those who work from home are planning to go ‘Al Desko’ this year— meaning, they are moving their laptop/work desk into their garden when the weather improves.
Research by Lenovo found 43 per cent aim to work from their garden when it brightens up, with 62 per cent of those believing that being outdoors in the fresh air will make them more productive.
Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos said: “As the weather starts to turn for the better, it’s only natural people will look to see how they can maximize their exposure to the outdoors.
“With working from home looking set to stay for many, outdoor working seems a natural solution and being outdoors can have a positive impact on productivity, too.
“Fresh air and a more serene working environment with fewer distractions can help drive positive feelings towards workers' roles and workload.”
The study also found 51 per cent plan to improve their garden and 37 per cent are going so far as to build a covered space for when it rains.