11. May 2020, text: Prof. Dr. Petra Kugler, photo: Deposit
Employees who suddenly need to start working from home face an unusual situation. While they may be familiar with their home, they’re not used to it being a place for work. Many people are not aware that the familiar office environment, the infrastructure, the meetings and speaking with colleagues at the coffee machine help to structure our daily workday and thus help us do our work. We don’t have these things at home. So in order to work successfully at home above all we need to develop new structures and routines.
Carefully observing and analysing the way we work can help us better adjust work processes to our own needs. Define new structures for your workspace at home. It is important to have a clear boundary between home and work:
Working at home can also offer a number of advantages and opportunities. For example, many people report that they are able to focus on tasks better and, most importantly, do so without being disturbed when working at home. This leads to the conclusion that working at home can lead to greater self-determination, greater work productivity and higher motivation. It is therefore worth looking into whether more flexible working hours and a more flexible working location make sense even after the coronavirus pandemic has ended. In Switzerland, many employees would like a combination of working in the office and flexible work from home. As a result, the current difficult situation may help to initiate some positive changes. If we are prepared to accept them.
Prof. Dr. Petra Kugler is a Professor of Strategy and Management at the Institute for Business Management at the FHS St.Gallen. Her work focuses on innovative strategy and management approaches, including flexible working and organisational forms.