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.


Jörg Meyer zu Altenschildesche

Jörg Meyer zu Altenschildesche

Press Officer

My name is Jörg Meyer zu Altenschildesche. I live near the Dutch border, which is bearable because I like French Fries Spezial, work in Cologne and therefore see the cathedral every day. I’m a press officer at TÜV Rheinland, but I don’t just speak – I’ve been writing for over 40 years. Of course, there were no computers or anything like that (at least not at home; after all, we had a lot of punch cards to play with, because my father worked in a data center). But many of the topics that moved me were exciting (or soon became so): Football or environmental protection, globalization or mobility, this ingenious Internet or the whole world.

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