This exciting article by London-based journalist, Huma Qureshi celebrates the home office and the efficient, cubicle-free work style that has grown out of it. The growth of home offices was a direct result of the recession—a time when close to 1,589 people were being made redundant on a daily basis. An individual’s workspace, out of necessity, now had to invade the home space. But is it possible to be productive and not distracted?
Qureshi cites several examples of people who are self-inspired, motivated and are successfully doing exactly this. Judy Heminsley, author of Work From Home, has a home office in a converted mill that she shares with her partner. She feels that if you are surrounded by stuff that makes you happy then it is directly correlated to how productive you are. Jane Cumberbatch, an interior design author, worked from a desk in her hallway and made the most of the tiny space by having shelves above her desk that went right up to the ceiling.
Heather Bestel, a stress-management consultant and therapist converted a bedroom into her consultation room but prefers to work out of her kitchen as she feels more relaxed and comfortable in there. She can keep in touch with what her family is doing while she sends out emails, for instance.
The article is peppered throughout with other real life examples of people who have made the leap of opting out of the cubicle world and choosing to thrive in their careers from home. This brave new breed of workers have reason to feel pampered while being productive thanks to technological innovations like laptops, iPhones, Skype and the Internet, and cost-effective furniture, storage and organization solution stores like Ikea.
We can now safely say that home is not just where the heart is but also where the money is.