The Workplace Of The Future? At Home!
Why home office is also a possibility after the crisis. Almost halve of all employees are currently working from home. Only a few prefer to return to the bureau. Home office is secure, flexible and location-independent – even after the pandemic.
IndexSecurity, Flexibility – and Saving TimeTemporary action or long-term improvement?A model for the future
Work when, how and where you want to: During the Corona crises more people learned to appreciate the work circumstances that were before only reserved for freelancers. This was proven by a study from the Institute of Employment Research. Three out of four respondents preferred working from home.
Working from home offers security, flexibility – and saves time
Considering the many advantages home office has, these results are hardly surprising: Especially since you can continue doing your job regardless of which safety regulations currently apply.
Still, the positive aspects of working from home go far beyond the Covid-19 regulations. Ultimately, home office allows employees several possibilities for free time management. Daily requirements, like childcare and doctor appointments, are integrated into the day more flexibly. Long commutes or rush-hour traffic are things of the past – maybe even for good.
Temporary action or long-term improvement?
The study also shows that the respondents who want to go back to an in-person work environment are the minority. Moreover, three quarters of the respondents would prefer to work from home at least occasionally after the pandemic.
German politics and economics are still cautious towards making such a change, especially compared to other countries worldwide: many US businesses explicitly recommend their employees to work from home. In France and Belgiumpeople are only allowed to work from home. Companies who still summon their workers to the office face a fine up to €48, 000. Employees also have the right to work from home in Portugal. In Scotland home office might be established for the long run. However, it is the Netherlands that are home office pioneers: Even before the pandemic home office was part of their corporate culture. Since 2016 flexible jobs were legally directed.
If these long-term home office regulations catch on nationwide, it will mean a revolution for the labour market with positive consequences for the employees, environment, and economy: Fewer people will have to move or commute to work. This would make the urban areas less populated and lessen the traffic of large cities, as well as make living in the outskirts more attractive. Additionally, binding home office regulations promote the collaboration and exchange on the international labour market. Employees will be able to decide where they live, regardless of their local job situation– even across national borders. Decide to work for a German firm while living in Prague, Warsaw or Vienna? No problem! Provided that companies and politicians set the correct course.
A model for the future
While some industries do not allow for home office work, others seem to have entirely missed this movement despite their suitability. A good example: Contact- and Call-Centre. At its core, telework has the potential to guarantee businesses great freedom concerning their choice of working hours and location. The only things call agents need to do their job are internet access and a telephone connection. Yet still, many companies insist on fixed working hours and the physical presence of their employees.
Yoummday decided on a different approach. Instead of relying on prescribed working schedules, the start-up relies on flexibility, trust and an innovative infrastructure. Here, workers are self-dependent and flexible, while just as effective from home – and they decide the time and workload themselves – location independently.
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Like this, your own home becomes an office that offers security and flexibility. It also allows you to adapt your work to your own living conditions and needs. A model that redefines labour.