Indeed some interesting studies and results. I would agree that NZ research is lacking on this and other issues we have been looking at in this course.
In my experience working from home (WFH) is all about the culture and expectations of the manager. I worked at an IT company where the GM felt if I wasn’t at my desk I wasn’t working. No one had any issues with my work, and I worked late each night to support USA and Australia… But it all came down to could they see me at my desk!
Now I tend to treat the WFH has a perk and not a given in an IT role. If you have a job that will allow for time at the desk and work to get it done, then it is a good option. I would not want to move into a role that was not based in an office. Otherwise, I would look at a shared office space similar to what you mentioned.