Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many workers have been ordered to work from home. Some are already familiar with working inside their own four walls, while, for others, it’s been an adjustment. There are many questions floating about surrounding this topic, so we’re giving you the most important answers and well-researched, interesting articles on the topic of working from home. In addition to questions such as, “Do I have a right to work from home?”, you will find everything here that you need to know regarding the importance of patience, increasing your own productivity, the advantages and disadvantages, as well as fascinating insights into the COVID-19 regulations for Hamburg-based companies – here, you will find everything you need to know.
💁 Note: This page will continue to be updated with relevant articles.
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“Working from home – even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic”
The IHK (German Chamber of Industry and Commerce) has created a general overview that provides facts about working from home. For instance, it addresses legal principles and answers the question, “Do I have a right to work from home?” At the same time, it addresses very specific issues such as, “What happens if employees are placed in home quarantine by the authorities?” The comprehensive article also touches on other topics including expenses, taxes, IT, and infrastructure. It’s a great article for anyone particularly interested in these topics.
“Corona: Hamburg companies working from home”
As a Hamburg-based company, we at COYO are very interested in supporting local companies. On the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting) website, there is an interesting article on this topic. It addresses how companies like SAP, Hapag-Lloyd, and Beiersdorf are dealing with the current situation. The article also provides comments from the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on threatened livelihoods, development loans, and the accessibility of authorities. You can find the whole article here.
“Working in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic: the challenges of working from home”
This article discusses how the outbreak of COVID-19 dramatically accelerated the digitalization of companies while not allowing for proper planning. In addition to the advantages of working from home, new challenges brought about by digital change are also discussed. Whether it is the layout of the workspace, unplanned system updates, or sudden security breaches due to private laptop use, IT administrators have a lot to do. But the article also makes it clear that adaptation phases require patience, and that the requirements and the working conditions must first be ironed out. You can read the whole article (and what the social coffee machine is all about) here.
“7 tips for more productivity when working from home”
Working from the home office requires discipline, no question. But it’s not always easy to overcome your inner sloth and work productively. This article helps by giving you seven important tips, such as how to avoid distractions, what to look out for in your workspace, and what role transparency plays in communicating with your colleagues. You can find all the tips here.
“When employees regularly work from home”
In this article, the editorial staff of the workplace specialist Haufe focuses on the topic of teleworking. The authors discuss the legal obligations that must be adhered to in the case of teleworking on a permanent basis. For example, he points out that “the necessary equipment for the teleworking workplace, including furniture, work equipment, and communication devices, must be provided by the employer or a person appointed by him/her”. The concept of working remotely is presented as a rather vague concept that is currently not yet firmly established in law. In addition, studies on working from home and teleworking in Germany are presented. Conclusion: room for improvement. Also good to know: “In the Scandinavian countries, almost three times more employees use teleworking regularly or occasionally”. In addition to a wealth of information, the article offers the option to read further on individual topics in detail via links.
“Working from home – definitions and labor law regulations”
This article is basically the “all-inclusive package for those working from home”. Here you will find definitions of terms, as well as useful information on all legal and organizational issues, such as occupational health and safety. Also interesting: an overview table of the advantages and disadvantages of working inside your own four walls. The table shows that working from home can reduce costs and increase productivity, among other advantages. However, according to the authors, this decentralized form of work reduces the sense of community – a disadvantage that companies can counter by introducing a Social Intranet (More about it here). If you would like to delve even deeper into the topic, you can also find numerous links at the bottom of the article for further reading.
“Many companies are complicating working from home”
In this article, Tagesschau focuses on a study by the Hans Böckler Foundation on the subject of working from home. The main focus here is on the obstacles surrounding work in one’s own home. For example, 22 percent of the women surveyed stated that “they did not work from home because it was not permitted”. According to the authors, there are significant differences between the two sexes in particular, as “only twelve percent of the men made this statement”. Other obstacles to working from home identified by the study are that employees consider their work not suitable for working from home or assume that their boss values their presence. The authors of the study deduce from the results that there is a demand for the option to work from home. Perhaps this debate will gain additional momentum after the COVID-19 pandemic. Until then, we recommend this article.
“Smart Working: working from home and working remotely”
In this article, labor law expert Dr. Peter Christ explains the legal requirements for working remotely and for working from home. He first distinguishes between the two concepts by stating that working from home means a fixed workspace, while working remotely means working from anywhere outside the office. Therefore, all the labor laws and industrial safety regulations that apply in the office are also applicable when working from home. Particularly relevant to the current health crisis: an employee cannot be forced to accept either of the two flexible working models. For this reason, the expert recommends that binding regulations be drawn up in advance. The advantages and disadvantages of these working models are clearly summarized at the end of the article. You can read the article here.
“Remote working in Germany and Europe”
The Institute of the German Economy in Cologne has conducted a study on the topic of working from home and working remotely. Many people imagine the term “working remotely” to mean working from home or while travelling. So it seems a little surprising when, at the beginning of the article, the authors state that working remotely often does not take place in the own home or on the road, “but mainly onsite with a client”. Based on the international European Working Conditions Survey 2015, the study evaluates the technical equipment, the relationship between remote employees and the company, the mix of work and leisure time, and the satisfaction of remote workers. This article is exciting for anyone interested in hard facts. Incidentally, the study’s conclusion reinforces a sentiment that many people are currently experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis: “The potential of remote forms of work has not yet been fully realized”. A Social Intranet (à la COYO) can potentially help here. You can read the whole article here.