Topic special: How Corona is changing the world of work

Dear readers,

As a young business medium at Axel Springer, Insider is aimed primarily at those who are in the first third of their professional lives, i.e. those who are just beginning to ask themselves: How would I like to work in the future?

It is only logical that we on have long been dealing with the question of what work in the future might look like. What changes when digitization and globalization progress and meet individualism and work-live balance?

Employers and employees have grappled with these issues for generations. We fought for home office and new work and then in March of this year saw how quickly change can happen. Millions of employees switched to the home office for an extended period of time for the first time in their lives, while employers are digitizing their processes at a speed that many previously thought was impossible.

2020 became the year in which we learned how much time can be saved if you no longer commute to the office every day and replace time-consuming business trips with video calls. It also turned out to be the year we had so many video calls that at some point we came up with a word for the exhaustion they left behind: zoom fatigue.

In a magazine that is enclosed with the newspaper “Die Welt” today, we now want to take stock. You can also find all the texts from the magazine further down in this text.

What traces does Corona leave behind in the world of work? And what claims do employers and employees have from the time after the virus? Which old freedoms do we take back – and which new ones do we keep?

We talk to Dorpbox manager Andrea Trapp, who has been leading her teams remotely for ten years – and sees this as a model of the future. We also dare to predict that coworking space providers, of all people, could become the winners of the crisis. Last but not least, take a look at what makes good bosses in a crisis and what will be important for employers and employees in the future.

Personally, I would like an office that is more a place of creative exchange than a place where I stare at a screen, because I can do the latter very well at home and the former I really missed. For me, the office is a place where I recharge my batteries. I am not alone with this realization this year either.


Jakob Wais


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