Have you been to a library lately? They are absolutely full, not with people reading books but people working on their laptops. The same goes for cafes and public spaces with decent wifi and a table.
More than 60% of adults in Scotland drive to work daily. This generates a huge amount of traffic and negative impacts like accidents, pollution and noise.
Working from home reduces demand but not everyone has a suitable working space at home. Access to adequate technology is the second barrier why people don’t work from home.
Large towns and cities could provide local public workspaces with excellent facilities available to residents. In them, people would find a suitable working environment close to their home. Public workplaces could even offer additional services from local businesses like creches, bike repairs or dry cleaning, incentivising the local economy.
Employers could offer incentives to work from public workspaces or sign up to a national scheme in partnership with private workspace providers.
Public workspaces would reduce commuting trips, improve productivity, staff wellbeing and even reduce costs to employers. This would also make Scottish cites more attractive to the new workforce which is mobile, tech-enabled and mindful of their work-life balance.
Date 2 December 2017
Submitted by German Dector-Vega