Home office is not only used by employees, but increasingly also by employers Alternatives compared to classic office work. But it also comes with many health risks. 4 tips.

Corporate health management in the home office: 4 problems & their solutions

Homeoffice: health tips against the freedom lure

Home Office. Working at home. There is so much in this circumstance that makes it the apparent universal answer to many of the problems of our time. 3 benefits include:

But no matter how rosy it is act may, that freedom comes with some juicy risks for the Health. We have summarized what these are and how to avoid them.

1. Stress and overwork

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In the Eyes home office sounds like a total absence of the things that make you Job make it stressful first. Above all, disruptions, control pressure and the thousands of little things that keep you from concentrated work.

In fact, however, the opposite is true. The determined researcher of the UNO workers' organization ILO 2017 in a large-scale study, The experts found the following main focuses of home work:

  1. The Equality of place of residence and place of work many blur the boundaries between states work and leisure in the head.
  2. This tends to work more and at other times, aided by the ease with which you usually have to go to the office.
  3. Due to the lack of social pull factors, especially colleagues, breaks are more frequently shortened, canceled and work overtime.

Working from home increases personal output. But at a high price: the more you work from home, the bigger it is Risks, doing more work than you would in the Company would do. This leads to an overall higher stress balance despite the absence of commuting.

Solution 1: Firm rhythms

Even at home, the job should run strictly according to fixed patterns. This means stringent work start and end times. Consistent taking of statutory breaks (the Labor law makes no difference in home work, the same applies Regulate). Also, overtime at home should only be done by order and any temptation to work 'untimely' must be avoided.

You should keep the same work rhythm at home as you do at work Office would pursue. Even then you will tend to do a few percent more than there.

Solution 2: Healthy limits

It should sustained trying to create an “inner boundary” between work and living areas. Above all, this means spatial separation so that the mind can clearly differentiate between work and leisure. An enormously important factor for the much invoked Work-Life-Balance.

The ideal solution would be to rededicate a room in the house or apartment to the office. It does not have to be a big room. In principle, even a storage room is sufficient, as long as it has a sufficient source of daylight (or alternatively daylight-like lighting). The important thing is that this room is only entered to work, so as not to cause "confusion" in the subconscious.

Where this is not possible, often a large one, especially in small rental apartments Problem, you should still try to create a separation. This can be a corner of the room where you have your work utensils and which you can at least visually separate from the rest of the room with a screen (“screen”, you can also build it yourself). Under no circumstances should you simply sit down at the kitchen or living room table for the home office or even deal with the emergencyebook lay on the bed. That would be fatal.

2. Unhealthy pleasure behavior

Work in the office means that despite everything, you have to forego certain amenities of home life. For the coffee you have to go to the remote office kitchen, a fridge full of private treats also have the least. Where it is not completely prohibited, you have to go to smoke at least in a separate from your own workspace smoking room.

Once apart from that, the presence of supervisors and colleagues on most People has a disciplining effect. A kind of "pleasureDiscipline’, preventing you from feasting at work like you would at home.

Conversely, of course, it looks like in the home office. Here, no colleague jokes about the fact that one enjoys "already again" a chocolate bar. No Executive looks critically at smoking "again", especially since it is also possible here to smoke directly on the Workplace to do; many smokers in the home office notice a sharp increase in cigarette consumption right from the start, even if they don't smoke in the apartment but on the balcony, for example.

Summa Summarum are therefore surprisingly many health risks in the home office with those congruent, which also exist among the unemployedbecause both groups spend much of the day in their own homes.

Solution 1: self-discipline

As with working hours, it is important to realize that the mere fact that you are unobserved at home can not be a reason to exaggerate your consumption of goodies.

To support this, it can be a good idea to equip your office (compartment) with your own mini fridge. This is filled with "healthy" food, so you will not be tempted to enter the normal kitchen, where all the goodies wait, you would treat yourself in the normal working day only after work.

Solution 2: reduce smoking or transposing

It is incredibly difficult for most smokers to muster the self-discipline that, despite home-use, does not like smoking at home and even eating out distractedly by working uncontrollably.

E-cigarettes can help here, because the manufacturers try at least, through the targeted use of liquids with low nicotine content the health (long-term) risks to reduce.

3. Acute lack of exercise

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Office work is generally not work that would provide a balanced movement budget. But where you have to spend at least a minimum amount of walking and standing units for normal office life, it often happens in the home office according to the following scheme:

Out of bed -> on the office chair -> on the couch -> into bed

No walking to the parking lot, no standing in public transport. A maximum mobility-poor professional life, which finds only a few interruptions.

Where a few years ago, when home office was still a rarity in this country, the number of disease-induced illness days in Germany breached the 100 million sound barrier has, one should not be surprised that there are more today.

As hard as it sounds, but Home Office seduces to be even lazy than it is by a normal office job anyway.

Solution 1: Compensate

The more days of the week you spend in the home office, the more stringently you should create a balance. The gym likes the most obvious Solution be, but despite the multifunctional load practiced there, is not the only suitable answer.

Alternatively, one can also fall back on outdoor sports, can get a dog, which forces a regular walks. In fact, one could also rent in a allotment garden club and swing there regularly the hoe, against lack of exercise, any kind of movement is good.

Solution 2: Ergonomic working

This can be done by height-adjustable desks that force you to stand or ergonomic chairs. It should be remembered, however, that purely legally the boss in the home office for an ergonomic workplace design must take care.

4. Social loneliness

This final point is especially for singles. However, also partnered people are not immune to it. Because home office is a lonely place of work. Even if you work with dozens of colleagues in a large corporation, in reality most of them will at best be seen on the computer screen, if not just on the phone.

This does not even mean the professional-interpersonal. Rather, what constitutes collegiality in addition to pure work. Here's a chat about him Everyday life, since the common lunch break.

Only at home do many people realize that they really miss their colleagues.

Solution: Look for more social contacts after work

It doesn't matter whether it's in a sports club or with friends. Maybe it's even an option with colleagues (who may also be suffering from acute lonliness suffering) to raise a kind of regular regulars' table, so that the Contact not completely asleep.

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