It might just be a case of ‘the grass is greener on the other side’, but according to a new survey from furniture@work, 66% of people surveyed would prefer to work from home, on a standing desk converter. I’ve worked mainly from home for the last fifteen years, and it’s not all roses, but I can empathise with some of the issues that the survey found. 38% of those surveyed said the most annoying thing about working in an office is “too many distractions”, 17% specified their colleagues, 14% the workload and 14% the temperature! It sounds like some people have an idealised picture of working from home: my home is rife with distractions from parcel deliveries to the bleeping washing machine! And that’s before I consider the siren call of the sofa and a cuppa.
While 28% said “chatter” was the biggest distraction working in an office, I’m sure an equal number of home workers would value a little less solitude. And those working with kids in the house might find a different sort of chatter eqaully distracting. Who did what with who on Love Island last night might make a pleasant change to, “Mum can I have a …”. And while 25% said people on the telephone were a distraction in the office, I know those who work from home get plenty of calls, sometimes from people who don’t seem to recognise that they are trying to work too!
If you need a little distraction, whether you’re working at home or in an office, have a look at this video. I’m sure you’ll recognise some of the daily happenings and challenges of each workplace!