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In the course of the Corona crisis, a large part of the employees in Germany were sent to the home office. A Bitkom survey from March 2020 showed that almost half of the employees in Germany were working wholly or at least partially in the home office at that time. This situation was new for a third of the employees, because 33 percent of the employees had never worked in the home office before. According to a recently published press release by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, around 90 percent of the employees surveyed are satisfied with the mobile work model. But what do the bosses of the companies think about the home office?
Every second manager is satisfied with the work of the employees in the home office
As part of the Chefsache annual report 2020, the market research institute INNOFACT asked employees and managers for their opinion in April: According to the results of the online survey, every second manager interviewed (55 percent) is in the home office during the lockdown Satisfied compared to face-to-face work. “Supporters of the familiar culture of presence learned during the Corona crisis that there is another way,” explains Peter Fieser, Managing Director at HENSOLDT and member of the “Initiative Chefsache”.
Positive aspects: personal responsibility and way of working
The executive search company Odgers Berndtson also dealt with the opinion of management staff in companies on the occasion of the Corona crisis. For this purpose, managers from companies of all industries and sizes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were surveyed. A total of 1,480 managers took part in the virtual and anonymous manager barometer special “Corona” survey.
65.2 percent of the executives surveyed say that their employees reacted flexibly to the challenges of the Corona crisis. Furthermore, 58 percent of managers are satisfied with the way employees use virtual media and also praise the high level of personal responsibility of their employees (56 percent).
However, not all executives are consistently convinced: According to the study results, the managers had the greatest reservations with regard to the productivity and satisfaction of their employees in the home office.
Informal conversations are no longer necessary thanks to home offices
Most managers also view the “management at a distance” made necessary by the home office rather critically. For example, 67.1 percent of managers in the Odgers Berndtson survey stated that they found informal and interpersonal communication with employees difficult. While the managers believe that formal tasks and projects can still be delegated relatively easily via virtual media, informal conversations in the kitchen or while having coffee together are no longer possible. “Leadership does not work entirely without face-to-face communication,” explains Daniel Nerlich, Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson Germany. “It all depends on the right mix of personal and digital contact,” emphasizes the expert in the context of the study.
Furthermore, many managers perceive the communication within the team (53.9 percent), the motivation of the employees (51.4 percent) and the guarantee of a “trouble-free” workplace in the home office (46.4 percent) as the greatest challenges of the new work model .
Working from home puts pressure on managers
The software company VMware worked out a completely different point in a survey available to BusinessInsider with a total of 2,850 executives from business, human resources and IT. 57 percent of executives said they felt they were under increasing pressure in the wake of the crisis. “The past six months have forced companies to quickly create new workplace concepts where ‘work’ is not synonymous with ‘office presence’,” said Armin Müller, vice president at VMware, according to BusinessInsider. Due to the lack of spatial separation of workplace and place of residence, according to the survey, many entrepreneurs should feel that they have to be available online and virtually even outside of normal working hours.
Pauline Breitner / Forex-news.com.net editors
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