Home­of­fice: saves costs, but also har­bours risks

4. October 2018

The trend towards home offices is grow­ing steadi­ly. Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion does not require a fixed work­place since a long time. In many areas, dai­ly work can also be done from the liv­ing room, the kitchen or even from the bed. Improved work­life bal­ance, falling office costs or more effi­cient time man­age­ment are advan­tages from which both com­pa­nies and employ­ees can ben­e­fit.

The dis­ad­van­tage: direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion, e.g. to clar­i­fy a cur­rent prob­lem, is more like­ly to be ham­pered. Employ­ees in home­of­fice often feel left alone. In order to rem­e­dy the sit­u­a­tion, an e‑mail is quick­ly sent to the col­leagues or the boss ask­ing for a quick answer.  But not every mail is opened, read and answered imme­di­ate­ly. “You don’t send an e‑mail when there’s a fire,” says Beat Bühlmann, GM at Ever­note. The result: the work comes to a stand­still. So mail is not always the best and fastest way. In case of doubt, experts advise you to pick up the phone. Because: A direct con­ver­sa­tion often saves time and many prob­lems.