The conditions of employment have changed. Where once everyone worked set hours in an office environment, people are now demanding a better work/life balance. With improvements in technology and the increasing cost of commercial rents, it can be beneficial for both employer and employee to consider flexible working conditions.
Research has proven that there is a direct link between output and the happiness of employees, and when many are happier to work from home, it makes sense to listen to them. Hence, property that meets that requirement, and offers a functioning work space for employees to work from home, may tick an important box on your buyer's list of priorities.
If you are lucky enough to have an existing home office or study, make sure that you maximise its functionality. In larger properties, property stylists will usually dedicate a room or space to a home office, but smaller homes or apartments can be a bit more tricky. But don't worry - you'd be surprised by the number of places you can squeeze in a small desk. Under stairs, between wardrobes, in the sun room, or any space or nook that is set apart from high traffic areas (and the fridge!) will work. Better still, if you have a guest room, it can double up as both study and spare room.
When space is really tight, a glass desk or built-in desk might be a better solution than a free-standing desk, but wherever you place the work space in your property, make sure that it is close to an internet connection and that you provide adequate cable management, storage, lighting, and a number of electrical and internet ports.