UK employees calling out to work from somewhere else rather than the office

More than half of UK workers feel it would be beneficial to work from somewhere else other than the usual office space.

This is according to research from Village Hotel Club, a company that operates 30 hotels in the UK, which found that 54 per cent of employees wish to work somewhere else than their usual office.

In addition, 52 per cent would even like to choose where they work from each day. Also, 36 per cent said they would work more efficiently if they did not have to go in to the office.

The vast majority (90 per cent) agreed that the work environment is important to their productivity, work satisfaction and overall wellbeing.

Employees also gave their top five office frustrations:

  • The commute (14 per cent)
  • Slow or outdated technology (14 per cent)
  • Sitting with people you do not like (14 per cent)
  • Not having enough space (9 per cent)
  • Lack of attention to employee wellbeing (7 per cent)


As well as their top five office desires:

  • Flexible working (44 per cent)
  • Better technology (42 per cent)
  • Free refreshments (36 per cent)
  • Remote working (24 per cent0
  • More space (16 per cent)


A third of workers (33 per cent) said they prefer to host important meetings outside of their usual workspace, with almost a quarter (24 per cent) stating they are embarrassed by their office.

Under half wanted a better facility and would like a more inspiring workspace at 48 per cent and 47 per cent.

Village Hotel Club surveyed 2,500 UK employees to gather these results.

Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.