Desk privacy emerges as another underrated WFH perk

There are many different reasons why Brits love working from home. The perks range from avoiding a tedious commute to simply getting away from dirty dishes in the office and everything in between.

But here’s another underrated perk to working from home: desk privacy. 

When you work from home, there’s no tiny cubicle for a nosy colleague to peek their head over. You skip the risk that someone will peek at anything lying around on your desk when you step away to the washroom. Chances are, no one is going to offer up an unprompted comment (or judgement) if they see you sneaking a chocolate bar at your desk.

And, it turns out, that privacy is an invaluable perk for those who work at home. 


Does desk privacy really matter?

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Desk privacy can make a huge difference. (Pexels)

Having the privacy to have whatever you like on your desk, or have it set up any way, is more important than many realise.

According to a study by digital marketing agency Repeat Digital, more than half of the 1,000 British workers surveyed said they have a messy desk — and it embarrasses them.

They found that around 1 in 3 Brits say they have a messy desk and “almost half (46%) say that their primary desk (whether that be at home or elsewhere) makes them feel ‘overwhelmed’, ‘stressed’ or ‘embarrassed.’”

Putting the psychology of a messy desk aside, working from home gives you a leg up on this problem in either one of two ways:

The first is that if you are someone who tends to have a messy desk, at least you can do so in peace and without fear of harsh comments from coworkers if you work from home.

Or, on the other hand, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of sharing a desk or workspace with a messy desker, then working from home lets you work clutter-free in peace.

And, as an aside, we spoke with remote workers who suggested 4 unique items to help upgrade your home workspace.


Bonus benefit: The desk kitchen

There’s another benefit related to desk activities and the freedom to use it however you like — or be free from those that do.

Aside from the general messiness, many Brits prefer to eat their lunch at their desks. Again, skipping over the psychology of it, home work lets you eat whatever you like in peace — yes, even fish.

Or, from the other side of the coin, it lets you work without having to deal with a neighbour’s egg salad sandwich while you’re trying to focus on getting the job done. 

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