Can’t commute, won’t commute? Try working from home
The idea of setting up a workspace in your house is becoming ever more appealing
Welcome to the office: David Rochford outside the log cabin he uses as a home office in his garden in Ongar, Dublin 15. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Inside Rochford’s home office “the overall effect is clean, woody and minimalist”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Mark Manning works from his recording studio in his attic in Booterstown, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke
Mary Dunne, with her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Pauline, in the kitchen-cum-boardroom at Killowen Farm, Courtnacuddy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Wedding dress/occasion-wear designer Yvonne Harrington runs her business from a studio at the front of the family home in Dalkey. Photograph: Alan Betson
The traditional Irish office isn’t without its merits: there’s always water-cooler chat, cupcakes on someone’s birthday, and the joy of switching off the computer at day’s end. Yet with the economic landscape shifting beneath our feet, the Irish workplace has moved beyond the office. The sittingroom, attic, garden shed . . . these are the places where people are now spending their working days.
A 2014 survey, carried out on behalf of O2 Ireland, found that about 44 per cent of employees work from home at least one day a month; a third of respondents had set up a dedicated workspace at home; and a third of those who already enjoy flexible working arrangements said they expected the trend to gather pace in the future.