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The technical pitfalls of the home office

48% of the respondents stated that they work in the home office due to the Corona crisis. When asked about their own productivity, 41% believe that they work more productively in the home office than in the traditional office. 25% think they are less productive. The reasons for the difficulties in the home office are diverse: In addition to the lack of personal exchange among colleagues and distraction from partners or family members, some of the respondents rate a deficient technical infrastructure and insufficient cyber and data security as problematic.

Flashback March 2020: The lockdown is announced in many countries. Anyone who can work from home should now work from the home office. For many employees that sounded promising at first: better time management, fewer interruptions, more concentrated work, time savings through less commuting. But at the latest after the first video conferences or when trying to exchange data in project teams, the first deficits became apparent, especially with regard to the IT infrastructure in one's own four walls.

Most work in the home office requires the latest technology in order to be able to work at the same speed and with the same efficiency as in the office. State-of-the-art technical equipment is therefore the basic requirement to get the job done. This includes high-performance hardware (laptop, smartphone, printer), modern software (video conference tools, cooperation tools, data management systems) and a high-performance network connection (fast Internet, secure access to the company's own data network via VPN).

Since IT security must also be guaranteed in the home office, there are many IT security precautions and regulations by the employer for working in your own four walls, which previously often only existed for the office. But how are these safety precautions perceived by employees? The good news first: 90% of those surveyed can continue to work efficiently in their home office despite all the regulations (Figure 1). But one in ten complains that this affects their productivity. In particular, the lack of access to data, an inadequate network connection via VPN, restrictions in the use of software tools that have been used well privately for years and the ban on using your own printer are criticized.