Over a year after working from sofas, kitchen tables, or spare bedrooms, several Britons are reportedly considering to setup of a quiet workspace in their gardens. The UK is witnessing an increasing demand for “shoffice” (an office in a shed) spaces.
As per the Office for National Statistics, around 38% of workers in the United Kingdom worked from home in mid-May. However, few office-based employees are anticipated to return to their desk for five days a week.
Earlier in May 2021, EY, the accountancy company, became the most recent firm to tell its employees that they will likely be working from home for a period of at least two days a week, even after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. The company’s 17,000 employees will be moving to a “hybrid working model”, integrating office and client visits with home working.
Several other large office occupiers intend to consider hybrid working for cutting office costs as much as pleasing employees. These employees require a place to work on the days when they are not needed to be at their desk.
Jules Carluccio, an employee working in local government, is one of the millions of workers who has not been back to her usual workplace since the previous spring. Carluccio has opted for a “shoffice” in expectation of permanent home working.
The new workplace in her garden is much more than a humble garden shed. Covering over 8 sq. m., the metal, wood, and glass structure comes complete with mains electricity and a canopied seating area.
The flourishing shoffice trend is picking up great steam in fact, surging demand for home offices has pushed the company Smart Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios to its best-ever month in April 2021. Then, the company notched up sales of £750,000, which is more than double the monthly average of the firm.
Since its reopening in May 2020 and despite hiring over a third more staff, the Suffolk-headquartered company has barely been able to keep up with garden offices projects fast enough to match the demand.