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15Mar/210

Work and leisure blur in the home office, a study shows – how you can protect yourself

Many studies show that home office hires have a hard time switching off from drive. This is partly because the boundaries between work and personal being can easily become blurred when people work and live in the same space. It's hence helpful to establish precise rulers with your bos about when you can be reached in the home office, too.

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More peace and quiet, more flexible time management, better harmony of job and family: working in a main office has many advantages, that's indisputable. Digital conferences and Zoom sees eliminate unnecessary long business excursions. You save duration and money on commuting. Children can come home after clas and don't have to go to daycare.

What has advantages, nonetheless, always has weakness as well. For countless, operating from dwelling on a permanent basis can become a real test of endurance - too much pressure , too little self-discipline , no social exchange with peers. It is also is increasingly of a problem that many employees in the home office find it difficult to switch off from piece. Checking e-mails early in the morning or hanging around for an hour after dinner has become a habit for many. Even after job, the cell phone remains switched on - it could be something important.

Of course, workaholics "whos working" around the clock existed even before the Corona pandemic impelled us all to sit at our desks at home. But in the home office, the threshold for being constantly available or making overtime is even lower. After all, the boundaries between work and private soul readily threaten to merge when people work and live in the same chambers. Only one in two manages to keep the two areas rigorously separate, shows an analysis by the DAK. And that, in turn, tempts parties more rapidly to work when they actually have free time.

The causes are an increased stress elevation and too little rest - which in turn can lead to health problems. Because productivity needs respite. And that requires employees to be able to switch off sometimes.

Executives have the same problem

A survey conducted by the Frauenhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering among roughly 180 company managers and human resources consultants shows that the problem has already reached the executive floors. For example, around 70 percent of those surveyed said they mentioned a negative effect from the lack of separation between drive and private animation among their employees - albeit to differing measures: 35 percentage said some, 30 percent said a few cases and six percent said many of their employees were affected.

The HR managers and heads cross-examine cited is currently working on peculiar terms of the day( 66 percent ), overtime( 65 percent ), fragmented slog - i.e ., starting early in the morning and then continuing with a long break simply in the night - and work on weekends( 55 percentage) as common reasonableness. This also divulges the normal coronavirus-related challenges many face in the home office, such as homeschooling, makeshift roles in the laundry room or hallway, and other tasks we have to do on the side.

Only a third ascertain a need for action

The problems are well known, more exclusively about one-third of the honchoes or HR professionals surveyed check a need for action. There is also disagreement about who is responsible for this issue and whose job it is to improve the situation. For example, half( 52 percentage) of survey respondents make the direct manager to duty. Around 48 percent of participants reflect its own responsibilities lies with the company management and the same number think it is up to the employees themselves. In differ, little relevance is attached to the HR department.

So what can be done? "Employees need to set borderlines when working at home and regulate themselves more closely, " admonishes the German Trade Union Confederation( DGB ). On the one entrust, the home office offers more flexibility in the use of time. However, it is also important to ensure that an employee's protective liberties are respected there just as they are in the position - i.e ., the legally prescribed residue destroys and only a limited number of overtime hours.

Define clear rest periods

According to the DGB, it is helpful to create binding regulations for home office work that are based on legally safe and healthy working conditions. It should also be clearly defined at what times employees must be supplied. The honchoes and HR managers surveyed by the Fraunhofer IAO also watch a good solution approach in agreeing within the team on the availability of each employee - as well as in the training of managers and a positive example set by the company management. On the other hand, checks on whether rest periods are observed, for example, are less popular.

And it is also one's own responsibility to allow oneself to rest so that one can return to full conducton the coming workday. If you're afraid of being seen as less hardworking just because you've reduced your accessibility, you should probably talk to your superintendent about it. After all, they probably don't expect their employees to read their e-mails late at night - and you're merely generating yourself unnecessary stress.

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