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Working from home: 9 good reasons to turn your back on the home office

Can you work from home? I wish my employer would finally offer that too. That would save me so much time.

More and more employees want more flexibility in their work. According to a study by Bitkom Research, the results of which were published in early 2017, 30% of employees in Germany currently work regularly or occasionally from home. Just a few years ago it was only 20%.

Thanks to technological progress, it is practically possible to work from anywhere, provided a stable and fast internet connection. In countries like the USA or China, most employers offer their employees the option of teleworking. In the Netherlands, the possibility of working from home has even been anchored in law since mid-2015. In 2016, the German Lawyers' Association demanded the right to work from home. So far it has remained with the demand in this country.

At first glance, there only seems to be benefits to being able to do your work from home. Starting with the time-consuming commuting to the workplace to uncomfortably full buses and trains in rush hour to conversations with annoying work colleagues or glances from supposedly supervising superiors. And not to mention the money you save on gasoline or local transport.

The hype surrounding the home office also has its downsides. For many employees who want to work from home, it is made very difficult by the company. Sometimes there is talk of the fact that working from home is not possible for all employees and that not everyone can be treated equally. 46% of the companies even fear that the productivity of their employees in the home office will suffer because, among other things, there is a lack of direct exchange with colleagues and superiors.

These concerns are perhaps understandable, but who would have thought that working from home could even make you sick? The following reasons speak in favor of not working from home, even if the idea of ​​sitting in front of the computer in pajamas or doing small purchases in between is tempting.

9 reasons that keep you from working from home

1. Danger of loneliness

We humans are social beings. Most of us need that social exchange also in professional life, in order to do their work efficiently and with pleasure. A chat at the coffee machine with your favorite colleague is simply good when you need a break in between. Those who work regularly or exclusively from home lack social contacts. That can go as far as social isolation lead - especially if there is not enough exchange in the private sphere.

2. No radio

The rumors in the company that colleagues call out to each other or that you talk about during the cigarette break are a waste of time anyway? Not even close! Employees who work for exactly this "Valuable" information interested, often know about strategic or personnel decisions much earlier. That can be very beneficial for your own career.

3. Constant working mode

If you work in the home office, Personal and business are becoming more and more mixed upespecially if there is no separate home office. If your notebook and your work documents are always visible, it is more likely that you will be reminded again and again to work, even if you are already after work.

4. Pure distraction

Do you like to be distracted by colleagues or phone calls in the office? There is still a home office a lot more things that can prevent you from staying focused at work: Overfilled laundry baskets, the barking dog in the neighborhood, the nagging toddler, the calls from your mother or the postman who always rings when you are in the middle of the flow.

5. Prospect for promotion drops

You probably know it: Your colleague, who always stays in the office late in the evening because he has so much to do, is viewed positively by the superiors in particular. Popular opinion is that anyone who voluntarily works overtime and invests a lot of time in the company shows full commitment and gives everything for their career. On the other hand, do you often work from home are you not present in the office. Your manager doesn't see you and may be less aware of you and your work. That way you have a worse chance of getting a promotion.

6. Less innovative

A study by Stanford University found that people working from home are more productive than those in (open-plan) offices. However, innovative results tend to arise e.g. B. brainstorming in the company. After Yahoo and HP, the IT group IBM has reversed its home office regulations for this reason.

7. Lack of team spirit

Do you enjoy working in a team and do you like it when the project goes really well and you support each other in the team? This one 'Spirit' you can feel less or not at all in the home office. Here you are practically doing your job as a lone fighter.

8. Technical problems, yes they still exist

Digitization is in full swing. We are all mobile with smartphones and can theoretically access the internet from anywhere or remotely access the work computer in the company. Theoretically! The technology is still a long way from being as stable as we would like it to be. Internet performance often leaves something to be desired, especially in rural regions. This is annoying and often enough makes you work longer, e.g. B. cannot open and edit your files remotely.

9. Working from home can make you sick

In the home office, your supervisor does not constantly look over your shoulders. But if you have agreed your tasks for the day with your boss, you are under pressure to deliver your results at the end of the day. A study by the ILO (International Labor Organization) published in early 2017 shows that teleworking stress and sleep disorders can trigger.

You don't have some of the points mentioned above in your hand when you work in the home office, such as technical problems or small talk among colleagues that you don't notice. But if you organize yourself well, go to work in a disciplined manner and at the same time take breaks to recharge your batteries, working from home can make sense for you.

Working exclusively from home? Most employees cannot imagine what is common practice for many self-employed and freelancers. For many, it makes the mix, about three full days at the company and two working from home.

The demand from employees to be able to work from home remains unbroken. Employers have to adapt to this and offer flexible solutions in order to be able to recruit well-trained specialists and managers. Employees, but also all self-employed and freelancers, should be aware of the dangers lurking in the home office. Not everyone gets sick instantly from working from home on a regular basis. However, these possible negative effects are often forgotten.

You can find more facts that speak for and against working from home in the infographic

Petra Jahn-Firle studied media management in Mainz and was able to gain editorial experience as a working student during this time. She then worked for many years in digital agencies and most recently in the software industry as an online marketing manager. Concise texts, well thought out and made for the online reader - that is her job. Since November 2016 she has been writing as a freelance editor for OnlineMarketing.de with a focus on jobs and careers.