As long as I have an Internet connection, I can work from anywhere I want. If I tell my friends about it, I usually get sceptical looks and there are critical questions like: "Will you work properly at all?
The workplace as such has undergone many changes over the past decades. Many companies have started to offer flexible working time models, which are supported by new health findings. Though cost savings are also among the decisive factors. With the spread of the Internet, work has also become increasingly independent from ones location.
As was made clear at the beginning, these changes are always accompanied by fears. In the triangle of productivity, satisfaction and cost efficiency, many people regard productivity in particular as a critical point.
Everyone has certainly had colleagues who spend most of their working day wearing headphones to block out the noise of the office and signal to others that they do not want to be disturbed. Retreats play an important role in good work, while constant availability and meetings disturb the thinking process - subliminal noise even makes you ill because it creates stress. Many offices offer no or too few work areas where employees can avoid this and work undisturbed.
Additionally, there is the fear of poor external perception. In a working world in which assertive team players are sought after, isolation is rarely well received. The step into the home office underlines the isolation for some people or, conversely, is a sign of elitist thinking that arouses envy and resentment.
Studies have long proven that employees are often more productive and satisfied if they are allowed to work from home. Not least, this reduces the probability of dismissal. After all, people who work from home not only save valuable time by not having to travel to work, but can also plan their own working hours more flexibly and thus improve the work-life balance.
**Where there is light, there is also shadow**
As advantageous as working within your own four walls sounds, it is of course no panacea. Every team and every company must develop and actively implement its own version of the modern workplace.
After all, time together is not only important for the family, but also for colleagues. Opening up the private space is perhaps even more supportive of the phenomenon of constant accessibility. And those who are ill are more likely to work when they are at home.
It is not always necessary to separate rooms in order to create a better working environment. It can already help to reflect on one's own communication behaviour. After all, restlessness also arises when I immediately address or call my colleague with every short question.