Survey: Home office as a factor of satisfaction –

More than 2,000 employees were interviewed for Continental’s YouGov survey, the automotive supplier announced on Friday. According to the survey, 47 percent are willing to quit their jobs if domestic work is stopped. At the same time, a combination of home office and presence in the office is the optimal model for most employees.

62 percent of those surveyed said it’s ideal to spend half or more of their weekly work time in the office. For 19 percent, four or five days of home office or mobile work would be the best option.

Social interaction is also highly valued

39 percent cite the time savings of mobile work due to the lack of travel, 37 percent see a better work-life balance or flexibility as the biggest benefit, and 17 percent see work focused on a home office. When working face-to-face, 47 percent value social interaction the most, citing work and personal life and highly effective teamwork.

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Even when working from home, you don’t need to be alone – for example during video meetings

Work-life balance is increasingly important

According to an Austrian study, the topic of work-life balance is also becoming increasingly important. A study conducted by IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences showed the pros and cons of the four-day week from mid-March for employees and companies.

Despite positive reviews and benefits such as better work-life balance and increased productivity, companies face implementation challenges, as emphasized in the broadcast.

Stress and loss of income is a disadvantage

According to the survey, of 263 people surveyed in individual interviews, 49 percent would see more advantages than disadvantages in reducing working hours to four days. Only 14 percent of them have already had — mostly positive — experiences on a less productive day.

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According to the survey, the working week could also be one day shorter for those surveyed

According to the study, major benefits are seen in improving company image, reducing absenteeism and increasing employee productivity. Additionally, the majority agree that there is a positive impact on sustainability.

From an employee perspective, 60 percent put a better work-life balance on the list of benefits. The main disadvantages are stress on remaining working days and loss of income.

Three samples were queried

According to IMC Krems, regarding the adoption of the three most common practice models, the most popular variation is reducing working hours without sacrificing wages at 92 percent of the working hours reduction model.

Reducing the previous working hours from five to four days is considered attractive by two-thirds, but on the other hand 16 percent personally do not question it. Only 22 percent could imagine switching to a four-day week with a loss of income.

What to do on a holiday?

Most of those surveyed will either dedicate the vacation to their family or use it for their own entertainment. Only a minority mentioned training (14 percent), household activities (twelve percent) and volunteer work (nine percent).

According to IMC Krems, 79 percent said that the four-day week has not yet been implemented in their company. Cost considerations are suspected to be the main reason for this. Start times that do not allow for a four-day week and the need to redesign processes and systems are also noted.

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