Within a few weeks, millions of people worldwide and thousands of employees in Germany have moved from their familiar office environment to their home office – often almost from one day to the next. An absolutely sensible measure in the fight against the corona virus. But not everyone can work well at home right away: According to a recent survey conducted by the Civey opinion research institute on behalf of TÜV Rheinland, only around 60 percent of all employees in Germany manage well in their home office, 17.5 percent rather poorly and 10.3 percent even very poorly.
Good work organization and a lot of experience required
When switching to work at home, in addition to technical or spatial requirements, particular attention must be paid to questions of work organisation. Do I have a good workplace, my own office? Does the technology work? How does the coordination with the family work, if necessary. An example: Children in the household also have an influence on the quality of work in the home office. 53 percent of respondents in Germany with children state that they can work well at home. If there are no children in the household, this rate rises to 62.2 percent. However, the results also show that men cope somewhat better with the home office situation than women: 30.9 percent of women in Germany cope poorly in the home office, compared with just under 25 percent of men.
The survey by the Berlin opinion research institute Civey took place between 19 and 22 March 2020. A representative sample of 2,500 people in Germany who work in a home office were interviewed.
Further results will follow here.