Homeworkers in the UK are just as productive as office staff. Make the move to flexible working by converting your loft space into a practical home office.
Many firms in the UK are now choosing to offer flexible working arrangements to their staff in order to increase productivity rates. Some even allow for home-working as it can save their organisation money if they don’t have a full head-count of employees in the office at the same time.
UK Home-Workers More Productive
A recent survey by CV-Library suggests that home-workers are happier, healthier and possibly more productive than those employees who are stuck in an office for 40 hours of the week. 18.2% of the population currently works from home with 84.3% of these believing that they are equally or more productive than their colleagues in the office. They cite flexible working conditions and the lack of a gruelling commute as their reasons for being more valuable at home.
Where To Work At Home?
If you’re tempted to work flexibly at home, then consider where you will base yourself during the day. Although many people believe that all they need is a laptop on the sofa, employees should take time to create a home work environment where they are free from the disturbances of the kids, the TV and the tumble dryer. If you don’t have a spare room that you can turn into a productive work environment, then don’t despair. Simply consider using the wasted space in your loft to convert into a home office.
Loft Conversions Explained
It is easier than many people realise to convert the space within your loft. The additional living space can add value to the price of your property and a small loft conversion can cost as little as £15,000. It is estimated that you can typically add on double the amount of the cost of your loft conversion cost to your house price.
You will not usually need planning permission to carry out a loft conversion unless you are changing the volume of your home, but you will need to satisfy building regulations in order to maintain the structural safety of your property as well as protecting the occupants within it from hazards such as fire.
Your loft must have a minimum height allowance of 2.2m, although if it does not then there are further options to create the necessary height, such as lifting the ridge of the roof a little.
Builders will also discuss with you about where to add a staircase to your loft home office. If possible, the staircase can simply go above the existing steps. However, if there is not sufficient space, then it may be necessary to sacrifice a small amount of room from an upstairs bedroom or landing.
Using Your Loft Office
Once you have your loft converted into a home office, you need to think about how to kit it out in order to best utilise the working space you’ve given yourself. Easy-clean carpets are a must, so that you don’t need to worry about stains caused from tea spills or a leaky ink cartridge. You should also choose your office seating and furniture with care. Ensure that you select comfortable and practical ergonomic furniture which will support your posture correctly during long hours sat at a desk. You may also want to have a phone line fitted and make sure that you have plenty of plug sockets near to your desk to power your computer hardware.
If you’d like to join the 83.2% of British homeworkers who believe they are successfully managing a good work-life balance, then speak to your boss today and start creating that loft office space that you didn’t realise you had!