{Study} Change in workplace culture: Home office as a future model?


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I am home-from-home, convinced that the desire to save my daily commute to work was one of the reasons why I started my own business well over 10 years ago. Permanent employment and work at home? At that time unthinkable. Today, on the other hand, this is completely in line with the trend. That Company But I also see the advantages of the HomeOffice, but I also consider it critical: the focus is on cost savings.

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To feel like a boss has become obsolete

My former boss was one of the old school: one who apparently believed that people do not work decently if he could not watch them. Or who could only feel as a boss, even if there were enough employees.

If he had been placed in front of his computer alone at home, it would probably have been a big ego problem for him: How would he have been the boss?

2020: 6,7 desks for 10 employees

If you follow the “Workplace of the Future” report from the IT company Citrix Systems, there will no longer be a desk for every employee in 2020, but 6 different end devices that the employees have to bring with them.

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Office space worldwide will be reduced by 14 percent. And then there are only ten 6,7 desks. For its investigation, Citrix 1.900 interviewed senior IT decision makers in 19 countries.

Undisturbed or cut off from information flow?

On the one hand, this has advantages for the employees: they save the way to work, theoretically they have more time for private things, for example, they can look after the children “on the side” and also concentrate on work because they are not distracted by office noise and chatty colleagues.

This is exactly where the hare comes in the pepper: precisely because they lack the gossip culture, they are cut off from the information flow despite all electronic communication media.

Mixing of work and private life

This becomes critical when the actual purpose of the work suffers: During my research yesterday, I came across an intern who declared HumanCap's “home office” as the benefit of his employer. I wonder how he should learn something there - it sounds a lot like a cheap job for easier work.

In addition, the professional environment is increasingly shifting into the private sphere: the files are in the living room, you answer in the evening and on weekends eMailSwitching off and on is becoming increasingly difficult.

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78% find the management of employees at home more difficult

But also the Company The trend towards the home office, one hears and be amazed, poses a problem, which is why not everyone is enthusiastic about it.

The Workplace Survey study by personnel service provider Robert Half International shows: of 1.770 personnel managers in 13 countries, 78 percent of those surveyed stated that managing these employees was somewhat or even significantly more difficult compared to those present in the office.

14% do not allow Home Office

Around 40 percent of the companies have acted accordingly and already Guidelines for a successful cooperation developed. And 14 percent do not allow Home Office at all.

The main reason for the skepticism is the opinion that productive work requires the presence of the employee in the company as well as lack of security in the data transmission to an external computer.

The survey was conducted in May and June in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Dubai, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore.

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Tips for working in the home office

In order for home office collaboration to work smoothly, companies and employees should make clear agreements:

  1. Set clear goals: To ensure efficient work from home, clear goals and results should be determined in advance.
  2. Develop Guidelines: Clear, transparent regulations help manage teams in which employees work in the office as well as in the home office. Communicate the rules openly to all team members. This is how you can prevent possible prejudices against a supposed improvement of an employee.
  3. Offer Home Office as an offer: Make it clear to your employees that Home Office is an alternative, but can not replace a regular presence in the office as well as attendance at important appointments or in team meetings.

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  1. Rainer

    Loyalty to the employer is unfortunately no longer worth anything today: I can only be annoyed that I did not accept a rather lucrative job offer for loyal reasons to my company - now I am to be fired.

  2. Harald Jolly

    Something does not work with the commentary, I had to start several times over.

  3. Samuel Suther

    Teleworking is becoming increasingly popular as it opens up new opportunities for entrepreneurs and employees - but also freelancers. Your article touched on some important points briefly and concisely. It would be interesting for entrepreneurs that there are also risks associated with it - e.g. when it comes to data protection of the data to be processed. The BfDi has published a short brochure on this, which takes a closer look at the topic in 9 chapters.
    A supplementary article on this would be home office and data protection - what should be considered?

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for the hint, I can use that very well, as I plan on the subject also more articles.
      I will then gladly refer to you.

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