Exceptional situations like the CoronaCrisis require unusual Measures. For example, many activities were suddenly relocated to the home office, which was previously unthinkable. That puts Company and Employees facing great challenges.

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Suddenly in the home office: new agreements asked - 3 steps

No doubt, it means a big change for employers and employees to relocate as many activities as possible to the home office in order to avoid further infection during the Corona crisis. Particularly important: you must in such exceptional situations Communication and cooperation of teams are well structured.

In many companies, home office solutions in various forms are already in use Agenda. For this reason, the appropriate equipment, from a laptop or computer with a good monitor and high-performance Internet connection to secure central server access, has been in use for a long time, i.e. both tried and tested and functional. All you have to do is agree when and to what extent you will work from home.

1. Labor law: agreement on a common solution

If the work in the home office is to be reintroduced due to the current exceptional situation, the employer cannot simply force it. Because he has no right to have the private living space of his employees.

Conversely, there is no legal right for them to work within their own four walls. Both parties must first agree on a common Solution create some and all necessary - technical and organizational - conditions for this.

2. How to stay up to date

In companies, colleagues don't just exchange ideas in meetings. A large part of the communication also takes place on the small official way, ie in the tea kitchen, at lunch or by chance encounters in the hallway. If teams work decentrally in the home office, the cooperation has to be reorganized and structured.

Regular video conferences, phone calls and chats help to keep each other up to date. The general rule for good cooperation in special circumstances is: rather communicate more and more often than too little and too little.

3. Clear documentation and structure

The one feel only feel comfortable when on their virtual desk or in the Email-Input nothing but the bare minimum is located. For others, both looks chaotic, but they still find their way around for their needs. The situation is different when teams work from home to work together System need access.

All processes must now be documented particularly thoroughly and comprehensibly, filing clearly structured and documents for each change be reversioned. Anything else creates inefficient confusion and errors.

Home office as a challenge for employees - 4 steps

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But not just for one efficient The home office poses a major challenge not only for cooperation, but also for the individual employees. For example, if children have to be looked after at the same time or if they live alone - that's 41 percent of the population in Germany after all.

Nevertheless, the majority of them regularly spend time together with others People in clubs as well as in sports activities, events or private meetings - and especially on Workplace. The sudden relocation to the home office is therefore a particular challenge for singles.

1. Communication and cohesion: virtual exchange in everyday work

Working together with every colleague or manager is not a piece of cake. Nevertheless, the exchange among each other in the workingEveryday life like oil that lubricates a machine. Regular contact with the rest of the workforce therefore remains important.

These can also be done virtually via telephone, emails, Skype, video conferences or chats. And not just at work Ask and topics, but also in other social interactions in order to remain part of a community.

2. Keep relationships alive

Anyone who is normally around people at their workplace knows how to appreciate being alone after work. Some even need the radio silence to regenerate. The situation is different if you work alone in the home office during the day and don't see anyone afterwards.

more regular Contact to relatives, friends and acquaintances gets a special one in such phases Significance. It doesn't always have to be a long conversation. WhatsApp greetings or other short messages also help to keep relationships alive.

3. Clear structure and fixed times

Get up, have breakfast, go to work: this rhythm gives workdays a special touch klare Structure. This should also be maintained in the home office. Because otherwise there is a great danger of being distracted and wasting time verlieren.

Instead of staying in your pajamas, getting dressed in the morning acts as a start signal and is less tempting to laze around - just like having your own workplace, which ideally shouldn't be the kitchen table. Fixed times for the start and end of work reinforce the feeling of having done things within a given framework.

4. Variety for leisure

After a busy day away from work, relaxing afterwards on your sofa at home is your favorite pastime. When moving to the home office, more imagination is required to bring enough variety into your free time.

What can you do good for yourself, why are you usually lacking strength, enthusiasm and time? If you take the reins in your hand in your leisure time, it is a sign of self-efficacy. In the Psychology it is considered an important personal resource and prevents both anxiety and depression.


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