Three out of five people who work from home in Germany say they are largely satisfied with their installation, revealed on Saturday a survey carried out by Forsa on behalf of the insurer KKH.
According to the survey, 61% of employees who have ever done their office work from home or elsewhere had mostly positive experiences.
However, about a fifth of the 1,002 people who took the survey described their remote work experiences as mostly negative.
Balancing work and family
About 70% of participants said it helped them balance family and work because they were out of the office.
When it comes to general well-being, the survey is less conclusive, with 20% saying working from home has a positive effect, while as many say their health has deteriorated.
The main health issues mentioned in the comments were back pain and muscle tension.
Indeed, according to KKH insurance data from 2021, more people are absent for health reasons than in the past. The health insurance fund attributes 24% of all rest days to musculoskeletal disorders. In previous years, it was around 22 to 23%.
Often people work remotely without a proper desk or office chair, according to KKH economic psychologist Antje Judick. Sitting for long periods in an unhealthy position in front of the computer leads to more neck, shoulder and back pain, while “mental stress can also trigger tension and pain,” Judick said.
According to the survey, about two-thirds of people working from home who said they were affected by mental illness were women.
“Most of the time it’s still the women who take care of the children and the housework in addition to their work,” Judick said. “It was particularly stressful during the periods of confinement, when nurseries and schools were closed,” she added.
Singles suffer from lack of interaction
According to Forsa, working singles also suffer more in the home office than people who live with a partner, citing the lack of social interactions that come with being in the office.
From March 2020, as the coronavirus spread across Europe, many employers asked workers to work from home, where many have remained throughout the two years of the pandemic.
Written by: John Silk, edited by Farah Bahgat