Editorial for home work – end the home office at the expense of the employees


In the Corona crisis, many employees have shown great flexibility. More is not possible. What we need now is a fundamental discussion about how we want to work in the future.

Two small children and a job: How should that work in the home office?
Two small children and a job: how is that going to work well in the home office?

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In the first weeks of the corona pandemic it was etwas vom wonlyn, was could make us a little euphoric: the home office. Working at home doesn’t just apply aAs a sensible measure against the virus. It is also seen as a forward-looking form of work. And as an effective remedy for all kinds of annoying things that make our everyday work unnecessarily stressful. For example, commuting with public transport, that every day to eats a lot of time and nerves. The latter especially now after the mask requirement was introduced.

Many will in the first days of home office, too Autonomy and calm in everyday workg ghave been pleased: Finally concentrated can do the tasks, at last ofn nervigen Boss and the tedious office snack physically no more jethe Tag ecarry have to. Dank dem Virus – and all the video and chat technologies that make collaboration possible from a distance.

Suspicious how quickly companies want to switch completely to their home office.

Aber die Hopesassociated with the new work are, are deceptive: the home office is not only lacking social contacts, short distances and – last but not least – what the sociologist Richard Sennett described as the “water cooler effect”: the spontaneous ideas that arise during casual conversations with work colleagues.

It is suspicious how strikingly quickly some companies now want to switch completely to their home office. Are all companies really concerned about the health of their employees? Or not something completely different: about saving costs – for office space and other infrastructure? Because de facto these expenses are now in most cases on the Employees rolled awaywitht: We put in Corona times our private Computer, printer, phoneezur available. And part of our apartments – mostly without additional finanwithcompensation.

There is currently considerable social pressure on everyone who is not enthusiastic about the home office.

Certainly not all employers triesn Use the corona crisis to optimize costs at the expense of their employees. There are also others who compensate for the home office. And yes, there is an employee for this went to the federal court. He got right – and money: CHF 150 per month.

However, only those who work from home by order of their employer are entitled to compensation. The policy of many companies was in the Corona crisis however eothers: you allowed Home office, but they didn’t ask for it. Therefore, most of us are not legally entitled to compensation, since – legally speaking – we worked voluntarily from home. And only temporarily, because it is assumed that the corona pandemic will be over again sometime.

But even those who were ordered to work in the home office during the current crisis: the pioneering federal court ruling was won by a trustee against his former employer. Very few have the courage, the strength and that Geld, around for a couple Hunder Francs in Year the To drag employers to court. And only now, because there are many Companies given Umrate and profit drops will check their personnel costs again.

In addition, what is often forgotten: that there is currently considerable social pressure on everyone who is not enthusiastic about working from home – because they have young children. Or because the income is too low to rent an additional room for an office.

Anyone who does a home office must be able to fully invoice the employer.

The corona crisis is seen as a catalyst: it accelerates social changes that would have happened anyway. The future of work will therefore take place in the home office for many – at least a few days a week. Dis accelerated change, as it is happening now, is largely carried out at the expense of employees. And that shouldn’t be. In the Corona crisis, many employees displayed tremendous flexibility: from one day to the next, they got used to new processes and forms of communication – with consistently high productivity.

More is not possible. Anyone who does a home office must be able to fully invoice the employer. After a four-month Corona crisis, there can be no question of a temporary situation. Therefore, we now need a fundamental discussion about the change in the world of work, i.e. how we want to work, which political and legal guard rails are needed now – and who bears the costs.


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