A new study by Regus has found that UK professionals prefer working near home, not at home

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To mark the end of National Work Life Week, research found that working near to where you live as opposed to working at home, is recognised as delivering the greatest wellbeing benefits to workers. According to a study by Regus, 70% of UK professionals believe that working closer to home improves health.

The report revealed that this is because 69% of respondents believe that working closer to home means more business people are likely to hit the gym. Similarly, 81% felt that working from home enables professionals to spend more time on outside interests and hobbies.

Additionally, the study found that the temptation when offered the flexible work option may be to set-up at home, however, UK professionals suggest this scenario is not as advantageous when it comes to personal wellbeing. 87% of respondents also suggested that co-working helps to curb the loneliness of homeworkers.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus, comments: “People sometimes equate flexible working with working from home but the home environment can introduce many unforeseen challenges to the working day. The routine of home life can interrupt business tasks and, for many, a lack of suitable space may result in a compromise when it comes to ergonomics and positioning correctly to enable a productive day’s work. Our survey also highlights the issue of isolation and loneliness.

“Conversely, drop-in, flexible workspaces that are situated close to home are recognised as beneficial to worker health and happiness. These spaces are typically professionally designed to couple productive working areas with break-out zones and areas for sharing ideas and inspiration.

“Business decision makers are rapidly losing faith with the notion of the fixed-desk, fixed-hours approach that has dominated working life for decades. Now, the conversation is moving to how to provide the best environment for workers, so that they in turn might provide their best work for you.”