Research has found that two fifths of UK workers are now spending multiple hours a week working from their local coffee shop, as opposed to sitting at their office desks.Why, you ask? Some 46 per cent suggest they are more productive working from a café, while 47 per cent stated they enjoy the change in environment. Other top reasons include the perfect place to catch up on emails, preparing for meetings and taking clients out, rather than opting for duller meeting rooms. One in ten employed Brits now WFB (Work From Bed) too, with others stating they regularly work from the gym (seven per cent), restaurants and even the pub (eight per cent) as 4G, Wi-Fi, smartphones and tablets become a common presence in our every lives. Amongst those surveyed, Londoners are more likely to work from their local coffee shop, followed by workers in Northern Ireland. It was also found that coffee shop working is a trend adopted by the young, with a third of the younger generation (18-24) working whilst grabbing a hot drink, compared to just 14 per cent of over 55s. Unsurprisingly, those who are self-employed are more likely to work from a local café. The numbers of working from coffee shops decreases as the employer gets bigger, with 22 per cent of small business employees working from this space compared to 15 per cent of those working for an enterprise of over 250+ people. For those who are coffee shop working fanatics, O2 Business has the following Do’s and Don’ts for working whilst getting your caffeine fix:
- DON’T make loud calls on your mobile; stick to email or go outside;
- DO respect others around you and don’t treat the place like it’s your own personal space. Your coffee shop neighbours may not appreciate having to unwillingly participate in your weekly team meetings;
- DON’T discuss confidential information in a public place. Whether it’s sensitive information about your clients, or a fellow worker’s appraisal, these kind of meetings should be kept in a private place; and
- If you’re planning on some long haul coffee shop working, DO make sure you keep buying a drink. There’s nothing worse than a table hogger nursing the same mug for hours on end!
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