It’s only been a month since I wrote a blog post about “Mobile Office – working when the child is at home?” Content: Praise for the home office and the positive side effects such as more flexibility and less commuting time it brings. At the same time, I was also concerned with breaking down prejudices -such as the fact that home offices are used for childcare or house cleaning, for example – in a positive way.

We office people are lucky

Well, within four weeks, the corona virus completely turned the (working) world we know upside down. Since one week many of us have been working in our home office and at the same time the schools and kindergartens are closed: Corona holidays!

So now it’s time to work at home and look after the children, cook lunch, clean the house, maintain the supply situation even under difficult conditions – in other words, to do exactly everything that you shouldn’t do in the home office.

I know, we office people are still lucky. After all, unlike many others, we can work at home and do not have to worry about our future immediately, like all those who simply cannot work because their shops, hotels or restaurants are closed.

According to a representative survey conducted by Civey on behalf of TÜV Rheinland 53% of people in Germany, who are currently working in a home office and have children in the household, are well acquainted with the new situation. However, just under 36% see this as a challenge. I can understand that very well.

After a week at home together, we have managed to establish a kind of routine – school and homework in the morning, playing games in the afternoon or moving around in the garden and getting some fresh air.

And lo and behold – working and taking care of the child at the same time works … somehow. The child now has to organise a lot of things for himself. You just become more pragmatic! Now we have the great luck that our child is already in primary school. I have a lot of respect for parents who do their work and at the same time take care of several children, especially toddlers.

On-site presence – not always the criterion for good work

Even if there is now too much home in the office, I wish and hope that something will change after the corona crisis. That superiors have more confidence in their employees, that they can also perform their professional tasks well in the home office. That people who could not imagine having a home office until now have learned that it is a really productive place to work. That presence on site is not always the criterion for good work. Maybe also that we hold meetings more productively and that we treat each other with more consideration overall, because we have learned this in the weeks of meetings via Skype with sometimes jerky connections. Because even when you are in a room together, you can’t look people in the head.

Therefore I wish all of us that we are and remain strong in this corona crisis and that we have perhaps all learned something new afterwards and discovered something new about ourselves and our next person.

Let us stay strong and healthy!


Kerstin Ferber

Kerstin Ferber

Corporate Communications

Kerstin Ferber works in the corporate communications team at TÜV Rheinland. She has been involved in the field of communication since her studies, and over the years she has gained a lot of experience in various areas of communication. Her current area of work and interest is internal communication. Before joining TÜV Rheinland, she lived and worked in countries near and far. Now she lives happily and contentedly with her family in the Rhineland and sometimes wonders how close the good can actually lie, unless she is stuck in traffic again.

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