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Home office in the pandemic: What bosses think about mobile working

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With the new “Lockdown light”, more Germans are working from home again. Employees and bosses already gained initial experience with this in the first Corona wave in spring. New questions arose – for both employees and employers.

A Bitkom survey from March 2020 showed that a third of all working people in Germany worked from home for the very first time in their professional life. This was also new for many managers. But how are the bosses doing with this new situation? Do you trust your employees? What do you find particularly easy, what do you find particularly challenging?

In a survey by the software company VMware, which is available exclusively to NewsABC.net, 2,850 decision-makers from business, HR and IT were interviewed worldwide. Overall, 69 percent of them said that they definitely see advantages in mobile working and would not want to do without them in the future. Still, there are a few issues that leaders are concerned about.

New concepts and a better management culture are needed

40 percent of the decision-makers surveyed fear that their team might not be able to concentrate enough. Some also see the problem on their own side. More than a quarter are of the opinion that the existing management culture makes mobile working difficult.

57 percent of management staff also stated that they felt increasing pressure to be online and available outside of normal working hours.

“The past six months have forced companies to quickly create new workplace concepts in which ‘work’ is not synonymous with ‘office presence’,” says Armin Müller, Vice President & Country Manager Germany, VMware.

Employees benefit from mobile working

The respondents also noticed many positive effects when working from home. Almost three quarters confirmed that the personal relationship with their colleagues had improved. 64 percent also speak up more often during video conferences.

The VMware survey revealed another positive effect of mobile working for companies. 69 percent of those surveyed said that new managers are easier to recruit, especially if they are parents or members of minorities.

“The Covid-19 pandemic gives us an insight into what the future of work could look like. The shift towards mobile working offers numerous advantages for both employers and employees ”, says Prof. Dr. Christian Bär, member of the management at DATEV eG.

“But management level and team leaders are required: In order to promote productivity and motivation of employees, a climate of trust must be created and people must work independently. The aim is not just to ensure the business success of the entire company. It is important to seize the opportunity associated with this and to develop business success positively in the long term. ”

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