The Top WFH Trends Include Having Privacy, According to Airbnb and Houzz

published Sep 9, 2022
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You know that the work-from-home trend is here to stay when it now has its own set of trends.

Reports published by Airbnb and Houzz have revealed insights on WFH and, specifically, where people are working remotely and what they want from a remote office. In terms of location, data from last year found that one out of five Airbnb guests WFH while traveling. Moreover, the number of long-term stays has reached an all-time high, doubling in size from 2019 to 2022.

In the US, long-term stays alone have earned hosts a combined total of $2 billion from the first quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022, while Airbnb owners in Canada have earned some $280 million over the same time period. 

What’s the most popular long-term stay destination in the U.S.? Los Angeles, followed by New York, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle. In Canada, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Victoria top the list. Elsewhere in the world, Lisbon ranks as one of the most popular long-term stay cities, followed by Dubai.

Houzz, meanwhile, has found the top features of a perfect remote home office. The most desired feature is a private space, with 43 percent of respondents saying they want an area that would help them focus. Thirty-four percent said that a desk set-up is important, especially having a comfy desk and chair. Others also said they want a beautifully-designed space (10 percent) and great lighting (seven percent).

Victoria Harrison, editor of house.co.uk, also offered some tips on how to create the ideal home office, based on the data’s insights:

  • Create a closed-door policy: “Having access to a private space to work from is a priority for workers, according to Houzz data. Ensuring a space has a door, whether it’s standard, pocket, sliding or bifold, helps alleviate distractions, letting guests focus on work.”
  • Invest in hardworking desks: “An ergonomic arrangement of the chair and desk can help make work more comfortable and productive.”
  • Think digital: “Hiring an electrician or smart home pro can help you arrange and install everything correctly. Consider providing a variety of universal plugs or cable adaptors ready for guests to plug in and go, whatever device they’re using.”
  • Consider lighting essentials: “Lighting designers on Houzz suggest using layers of light from multiple sources rather than a single light source, and stress the importance of fixtures being well-positioned to avoid computer screen glare.”
  • Make Zoom-worthy backgrounds: “Help workers wow their colleagues with a beautifully designed room. Professionals on Houzz suggest adding interest to the background of work calls with strategically placed houseplants or artwork.”

You can read the full reports from Airbnb and Houzz here and here.