Study: one in three home office workers has no workroom

The fourth Corona wave rolls over Germany. Companies have been asked by the federal government to bring their employees into the Home office to send, as long as their work routine allows it. This repeats what was already true in the previous Corona waves: For many employees, everyday work takes place in living rooms or at kitchen tables. By no means all employees who now work from home again have a room of their own in which to pursue their daily work routine undisturbed.

One in three employees in a home office does not have his or her own workroom or office. This is the result of a representative survey by the Trendence Institute and the St. Oberholz Consulting under 5.368 employees. The previously unpublished study is available to our editorial team.

Home office: Almost one in three works in the living room

23 percent of respondents said they work from home. Around 28 percent of them use the living room, 10.2 percent use the kitchen or dining room table. According to the study, 66 percent of those who work from home have a study room.

Employees in Germany had very different experiences with working from home during the Corona pandemic. According to a survey by the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), three out of four Germans would like to see more home offices in the future. A survey by the health insurance company DAK found that stress is reduced in the home office. At least commuting to work is no longer necessary, or is at least becoming less so, which is why the head of the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv), Klaus Muller, has already brought up the idea of a special commuter ticket.

Home office: Employers abroad are becoming more attractive

And yet working from home also has negative aspects. Personal contact with colleagues, for example, can only be established virtually and the equipment is often not like in the office. Accordingly, only a few large corporations are so convinced of the benefits of home office that they will allow their employees to work on the move up to five days a week in the future.

However, the home office component is likely to be part of many job interviews in the future. After all, working from home apparently opens up new prospects for employees, according to the study by Trendence and St. Oberholz shows. According to the survey, 48 percent of respondents said they could currently imagine working for an employer abroad from home.

Among younger respondents with up to ten years of professional experience, the figure is as high as 61 percent. A good one in two respondents (52 percent) would like to work for a German company with subsidiaries abroad; among younger employees, the figure is as high as 64 percent.

Willingness to switch is currently high

At the same time, the willingness of many employees to change jobs is currently high, according to the study. 39 percent say they are actively looking for a job, 35 percent are interested in new challenges. A good two-thirds (67 percent) of those surveyed hoped a new job would bring them more pay, first and foremost. Around a third each want a better work-life balance, more flexibility and better promotion prospects.

"We are experiencing a "New International" in the labor market," notes Robindro Ullah, managing director of Trendence. The high proportion of home offices makes a company location abroad more dispensable in order to work more internationally. "The competition for the best talents is thus increasingly becoming an international one."

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