Home Office: Communication remains on the line
A short work-way, no traffic jam or crowded buses / lanes. And a workplace at home, with feel-good factor. The home office has clear advantages. Just to cook lunch, to pick up the children or to do something in the house is no problem.
At least as long as the work does not suffer. In order for everything to work, fixed guidelines and times are set for which colleagues are available. But there is a big drawback: the everyday communication in the office remains on the line!
Lack of creativity in the home office
In the long term, the small home office is then quickly dull. It simply lacks the togetherness, the exchange of ideas in the office and the happy environment, which makes the everyday life there crucial - and, above all, promotes creativity.
Not even the Skype conferences or everyday phone conversations can replace that.
Trust is good ...
Man depends on social contacts, appreciable appreciation and appreciation. The connection to the Company This only strengthens it.
But executives are struggling to keep track. Which employee does what at home? The basis of the home office is trust - but for many companies, control is simply better.
The trend agility
Agility is now a synonym for a team-based approach. More and more companies rely on an agile team instead of loners in their offices. Of course, this works best when the employees are close together.
This makes interdisciplinary work and easy exchange possible. So there is transparency and decisions can be made more quickly. Through the immediately available feedback, work and results are constantly improved.
The role of face-to-face communication
In addition to agility, communication within the company or between employees is obviously getting better. There is a clear difference between eMail, Telephone or Skypegesprächen and the "classical" personal conversation.
If we are facing our conversation partner, we are automatically much more spontaneous, emotional and careless. Alone, our language changes, depending on who we are talking about and in what position we are in relation to our counterpart.
Body language is crucial
Technical achievements are great and undoubtedly have their justification in everyday life. A big disadvantage of eMail-Contact or phone calls, however, is the missing body language. If the person we talk to is in front of us, we also see their gestures and facial expressions.
What can be understood in one way written in a mail may be completely different with the appropriate body language. It can give the crucial clue if we can trust the person or not. Alone, therefore, no eMail and no phone call can ever replace a personal conversation.
The end of Home Office?
So will we have to say goodbye to the Home Office? Both this work form and working in the office have their advantages and disadvantages. Some tasks are solved more effectively in the team, while others are solved alone in the quiet home office. A good blend of both forms can create the perfect working to work really most efficiently.
- When is it useful to be present personally?
- When can I work from home?
- Who controls who, when, how and where?
- How can the important communication with colleagues be safeguarded?
Employees as well as companies profit from this if they let their employees decide with their own best knowledge.
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