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With the need to get employees to work more flexibly smaller businesses are encouraging the purchase of home offices and log cabins can fill this role. Never more so than at the moment with the cuts which were implemented by the Conservative – Lib Dems coalition government early last decade.
Whether firms or individuals can afford these buildings and follow this outlook is another question. NtlTelewest Business was the organisation suggesting that small firms are embracing this idea of home working because the cost has become cheaper and easier that before.
Senior product manager, Alistair McKininon, at NtlTelewest said that ‘with a network – based service then even smaller companies could enjoy the practice of multi media and flexibility in costings’
It may seem difficult for people to work from home who lack the space to have a dedicated workspace but the answer to this could be a dedicated log cabin with 14 x 10 being a good size to consider in the garden, maybe alongside your shed or in place of your existing garden sheds, and thus could be an ideal solution.
A Kellogs survey a while ago discovered that many employees like the idea of flexible working hours or possibly time off for celebrations such as birthdays or anniversaries in preference to a pay rise or bonus. It’s also believed that employees who have flexible working hours, in general, were more likely to be 20% happier in their work and more productive in comparison with other employees working the more rigid hours.
Whether that ring trues today is debatable as the cost of living keeps rising over and above the rise in salary. However, it is still believed to be a good option for many business in their efforts to be leaner and greener.
By working at home there is saving on transport costs and also the saving in the hours spent travelling along with the stress of the daily commute. A dedicated office would give you a space to work away from the daily chores in the house but still able to concentrate on the important issues. There is no rent to pay and the cost for a dedicated garden home office is often tax deductible as an capital expense.
Also if you are VAT registered then the VAT payable can be reclaimed. A 14×10 log cabin by its nature is relaxing and stress free which encourage productive and inspirational output. So many reasons for considering this work life style.
Is this someone something you would like to? Do you think your employer should pay for your garden home office? Would you take a pay cut to work from home?