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High mobility makes it difficult to reconcile work and private life at work

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Regardless of whether you are a long-distance commuter or a parcel carrier, many professions require a high level of mobility. Business trips are also part of everyday work for some jobs. A report by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) now shows: With high mobility at work, the compatibility of work and private life suffers.

The BAuA report is based, among other things, on the data from a working time survey from 2017. Employees must therefore become more and more flexible, as a stress report by the Federal Agency shows.

Seven percent of those surveyed needed more than two hours to get to work. 36 percent of those surveyed said they would go on business trips. 28 percent spend the night occasionally or regularly away from home because of work, and for 25 percent mobility is part of their daily work.

If this is the case, then the employees are on the move at changing or mobile workplaces. This affects, for example, fitters in the trade or the staff on buses and trains. Around ten percent of employees even live two or more extreme forms of mobility, for example construction workers on assembly or personnel in the flight industry

In the new report, the BAuA examines the connection between high mobility at work and private life. Accordingly, a high number of business trips and overnight stays is also associated with a higher work intensity and thus increased stress.

Those who travel a lot often feel left alone or state that they miss social support at work and the sense of community of a team. A delimitation of work and private life in terms of time can also often be observed in the case of work-related mobility.

According to the researchers, the effects on those affected are different. In the report, however, the BAuA comes to the conclusion that high mobility has an overall negative effect on the work-life balance. Here, therefore, opportunities must be sought to improve safety and health at work and the compatibility of work with private life for affected employees.

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