Pros and Cons free work?
The experts are divided on digital work: some design the beautiful utopia of decentralized work thanks to modern technology, away from the open-plan offices (I always wonder anyway, how you can work konzetriert there) to the "cozy" home office.
The others highlight the problems that may arise: psychological strain and the danger of becoming completely unproductive due to the lack of self-organization and permanent interruptions. Also Nils Dreyer wrote a nice article in the KoopTech blog.
Limits of decentralized work
To this I agree without reservation: Exactly this freedom in the working time and in the time division, which is necessary for me, in order to be able to work creatively, is what I particularly value in my profession. This is exactly why I see the problems with this work form and wonder if it can actually be implemented.
Trust is good, control is better!
First of all, I have the impression that many companies, especially in the creative sector, are increasingly turning to hiring people - because they realize that you can then better control your employees.
It is also often the case that when flexible working hours are discussed, it is usually the case that employees have to be flexible when the boss wants to.
Homeoffice right away from the window?
Even the digital workers at home have a crucial disadvantage: the lack of communication. Because obviously human beings are simply not made for digital communication, more and more people are coming back to meeting themselves personally instead of only on the Internet.
Moreover, the immediate communication channels are in the Company much more direct, the on-site employee snaps faster on a landfill and receives information earlier than this per eMail or telephone would be possible. And local employees are simply much more present to your bosses.
Constant communication constraint
This condition makes many digital workers uneasy: One tries to communicate incessantly, either by eMail, Telephone or in social networks - maybe also out of the fear of a certain loneliness.
And you quickly have the feeling that you have to be constantly ready. This unrest can push one to the limits of mental stress and blur the boundaries between private life and leisure.
Conclusion: It must be done
I do not want to paint anything black with that - I did not even think that Mr Mai did that. On the contrary: In principle, this form of work is absolutely welcome, as it frees up a lot of space for creative productivity. But you just have to manage it organisationally.
What can help, for example, is keeping certain regularities in working hours, even in order to set oneself and other limits of permanent accessibility. Spatial boundaries between work and private life. In addition, a stable social environment and a good professional network, which helps to reduce fears and loneliness. This can prevent you from soon finding yourself in the hamster wheel of your own constraints instead of in the free-creative home office.
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