The world of work isn’t the same as it was just a couple of short years ago. As well as the changes following immediately on the heels of covid-19, many more have revealed themselves in the time since – or developed over time.
Perhaps the biggest single change in German employment is the changing opinions of the workforce on home office policies.
There are obviously some roles which must be on-site, and some candidates aren’t in a position where they can easily work from home.
However, a study via statista.com compares the answers made by German workers in 2020 and in 2021. Over a spread of five statements about working from home, answers to all five were more positive to working from home in 2021.
The opportunity to do so has helped many workers decide what they prefer. To persuade them to go back to the office, greater rewards in terms of pay and perks have to be provided.
The questions include:
I have a lot more free time because I do not need to commute to work – 76% agreed, up from 68%
I have a better balance of work and family life – 73% up from 67%
I can use my time more efficiently throughout the day when working from home (e.g. work longer in the evening and exercise in the afternoon) – 68% up from 63%
I can work more productively at home than where I usually work in the company/in the office – 63% up from 57%
I find working from home more pleasant than where I usually work in the company/in the office – 61% up from 54%
It’s no surprise that top of the list was the time saved on commutes, but it’s surprising finding their own home more pleasant is the lowest scoring option!
When recruiting, think carefully about whether or not you need the candidate to be present in the office. If not, you may be able to get better value for money.