“Work from Home” is what my friends of “Fifth Harmony” would say now. Maybe that’s exactly what they wanted to express? 😉
Sounds pretty good at first, doesn’t it? Working from home. 5 seconds to get to work. Never too late again. No more squeezing into the train with unshowered passengers. No daily traffic jams. No colleagues who are annoying. No stupid canteen food. All doctors and authorities appointments can take place. Oh, marvelous!
But what about satisfaction?
But more than half of the test persons complained after several months about the increasing isolation that working in their own four walls entailed and preferred to return to the office. The researchers, therefore, recommend making the home office possible on selected days of the week, but not making it mandatory.
Although the number of home office solutions has grown in the USA, employers in this country are still struggling with this flexible working time model. Nevertheless, I am sure that the home office is a model for the future.
Home office boosts productivity and reduces absenteeism
Studies showed that people who were in the home office worked their full time or even invested more time. While in the other test groups colleagues might have been late, left earlier or distracted from everyday office life, the participants in the other group found it easier to concentrate at home and enjoyed the low potential for distraction. It turned out that the home office employees took shorter breaks, didn’t often leave due to illness, and took less time off. In addition, emissions were reduced because cars were not set in motion in the morning.
A mix of office and home office is ideal
It has probably become clear that the productivity of employees in the home office has increased measurably. However, working exclusively from home also has its disadvantages. Those who follow this working concept know that there are also downsides to this flexible way of working. So it would be ideal for employees to be able to work from home, but to be able to make free use of this option. But in principle, the ability to work from home is a real privilege for employees.
In general, the discussion in companies that have so far resisted home office should be that it could also be an option there. Employees are thus given confidence and flexibility. This is not exploited, as the study shows, but employees are even more productive in the home office than in the office. It is not for nothing that the German Confederation of Trade Unions demands a right to work from one’s private desk. And those who do nothing at home (which reflects the fear of many bosses) should not be high performers in the office either.