Study: A home office increases the workload | Free press

During the crown pandemic, many workers developed a taste for working from home. But there are also serious disadvantages, as the study now shows.


Many workers welcome the trend towards mobile working, but at the same time fewer and fewer people may leave after work or on vacation. This is one of the results of the “Monitor Digitization” research of industrial workers. To this end, the IG BCE trade union has collected data for the second time since 2019 from the sectors it represents – from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, through the rubber and plastics sectors, to the energy and cement industries. More than 11,000 people from nearly 1,600 companies took part in the survey, according to Thursday’s announcement.

Most people who can also work from home or on the go would not want to do without new opportunities. At the same time, people also suffer from disadvantages: the pressure of work and time has increased even more.

Work intensity is increasing

Changes driven primarily by the home office trend of the Corona period can be seen in both studies. Most employees (55%) say that digitization means more work intensity for them. In 2019, this number was 47 percent. More than one in four (27 percent) also fully or mostly agreed with the statement that they cannot turn off after work, at least partially in the case of another 31 percent. In 2019, these values ​​were still 20 and 27 percent, respectively.

“This negative trend is a clear warning sign,” says Francesco Grioli, member of the IGBCE board. At the heart of the problem is the “always on” attitude which is tacitly adopted by many companies. You should put a stop. “We need a right of non-availability,” Grioli demanded. At the same time, IGBCE will enforce more volume-of-work framework agreements with digital systems to protect workers. Appropriate regulation of mobile work in the entire industry is also important.

It is obvious that employees do not want to give up their home office after all. 47 percent are satisfied with the current level of homework, and another 37 percent. would like to increase it. (dpa)

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