Working From Home - some statistics
Just 7% of people struggled to work from home
We have been interested to read that only 7% of people struggled to work from home!
That is one of the findings of the Home Comforts report from the Place Alliance which is hosted by UCL, with support from Urban Design London, Good Homes Alliance and the Urban Design Group.
The report aimed to understand how four housing related factors impacted overall happiness during lockdown.
Unsurprisingly, the report found that access to private open space was critical to happiness. Internally, open plan living was identified as a negative factor especially as the number of people living in the property increased. Only 7% of people struggled to work from home with social renters being the most adversely affected. The main hindrances were being able to separate work and home life, space and other environmental issues like light, suitable furniture and poor WiFi.
At Lets Delight we equip our Shared Living Projects and Furnished Holiday Lets with high speed WiFi and dedicated workspaces. This has always been a priority and we are happy to report that our tenants were able to work successfully from home and that our short-term properties were occupied by keyworkers who had home working space through lockdown.
Interestingly, happiness generally increased for people living in older properties and decreased for newer properties.
When it came to the neighbourhood, the public areas around the living space followed the same pattern. More space and older designs led to a greater sense of happiness whereas newer, poorly designed communal areas and smaller, or worse, no outdoor space was detrimental to the feeling of contentment. However, urban, suburban and rural districts were very comparable implying there is no implicit benefit from living in the countryside.
The report recommends that new developments be required to be within 5 minutes of local facilities (shops and services) and no more than 10 minutes walk from parks or other outdoor recreational space. These factors were found to be strong predictors of satisfaction.
The report is interesting in its own right, but has some major implications for anyone involved in developing property whether a light refurb or a new build housing estate.
Even when COVID-19 is a distant memory, it's legacy of changing society will be with us for a long time to come. Whilst there will undoubtedly be some return of work from home to the workplace, working from home will not be as unusual as it was pre-lockdown. Homes in future will need to facilitate this change as well as providing easy access to outdoor spaces and local facilities.
This has always been part of the criteria for assessing where to invest in the next Lets Delight property even before anyone had heard of COVID or furlough! Having open space and facilities nearby makes life better for everyone and we want the people who spend time in our properties to have a great quality of life.
Has working from home affected you?
At Lets Delight we have always worked remotely but are missing meeting new people at in-person events - perhaps that is how we met you!