Arguments for doing home office
You’re expecting a parcel, waiting in for a workman, or your child is ill. There are lots of reasons you may need to work from home. HelloFreshGO explains how to do home office productively as well as how to persuade your boss.
Flexible working hours feature highly on the wish lists of many employees in Germany. (Read: How we’ll work in the future.) And it’s no wonder – flexible hours offer employees more freedom to balance work with personal commitments. In the struggle to retain good employees, many companies recognise this. Four out of ten employers (39%) offer home office working, with employees working partially or completely from home. This statistic comes from a survey carried out by the digital association Bitkom. (Read: Tips for employee motivation.)
In order for home office working to become the norm, clear rules are needed, says Bitkom CEO, Bernhard Rohleder: “Businesses need trust, self-organization and self-discipline”.
The pros and cons of doing home office
When working from home, family, work and leisure time can be better combined. Commuting to the office takes time, appointments can only be made on days off and parcels always end up at a neighbour’s house or collection offices. It is not disputed that home working offers more flexibility. There are, however, mixed feelings about productivity. Bosses argue that there are more distractions in the home than in the office. On the other hand, some believe home office productivity can be higher than in regular offices, without the disturbance of unnecessary meetings, interruptions by colleagues and noise distraction.
To convince your boss about the benefits of home working, you need to be aware of the disadvantages. As the Bitkom survey shows, businesses decide against home working for several reasons. Two-thirds (67%) say that home working is not possible for all employees, but everyone should be treated fairly. Over half (56%) argue that productivity decreases without direct colleague interaction. For one in three, (35%), OSH regulations work against the home office while almost as many (32%) fear the difficulty of monitoring the hours worked.
So, convince your boss!
You need to clearly show your boss the benefits of a home office situation. Waiting in for an urgent delivery should not be your main argument. Rather, convince them in terms of productivity and efficiency.
Be persuasive by working out in advance which tasks you can successfully do at home. This convinces your boss that you can achieve something which can be verified if any doubts remain.
How many days per week or month you’re allowed to work at home is ultimately your employer’s decision. If they see it working well and that productivity is not suffering, you have more room for manoeuvre.
How do I work productively from my home office?
Once you have the ‘go-ahead’ from your boss, you then have to deliver. However, many distractions lurk in the home, whether it’s a full laundry basket, housework, your partner or, or, or… Working from home is not a day off and your family should know this. Wearing pyjamas all day is fine, but be strict with yourself. Set your alarm clock and get up as usual, then sit down at a clear desk to start the day productively.