How can I facilitate learning in the workplace

More flexibility, a better work-life balance and saving journeys - good reasons for working from home. However, more and more people are wondering what structured work outside of the office looks like in order to achieve the same success as in the workplace.

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, more and more people have been working from home, but many still don't know how to be productive in their own home. The Robert Koch Institute recently reported a new record of new infections. This makes it all the more important for employees and employers to learn to find their way around in the new work environment - not only with a view to the pandemic, but also because this could be the future.

According to a survey carried out by the software company LogMein, 50 percent of Germans would like to switch to home office over a longer period of time. This need is also already on the political agenda. Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (SPD), recently announced a proposal to give employees the right to work from home - this should be legally possible 24 days a year.

However, working from home is only smart if the work area is set up correctly over the long term. The most important tips for efficient work in the home office are provided by Mark Strassmann, Senior Vice President and General Manager Unified Communications and Collaboration at LogMein.

1. Choose a suitable location

Good lighting and privacy are essential for efficient work. These are the prerequisites for more concentration when working on tasks. This is the only way to make creative and planning work possible. The study “Healthy Home Office” by the mhplus health insurance company and the Süddeutsche Krankenkasse SDK shows that 57 percent of those surveyed work better at home than in the office. There they can independently regulate ambient noise and have better control over their surroundings. If there is no office space in your own home, personal retreats can help. A comfortable chair and a place for the laptop can help.

2. Avoid distraction

According to Strassmann, it is particularly important in the home office to set up rules for the family so as not to be distracted by the environment. This also applies to children - here, for example, it should be ensured that they do not interrupt digital meetings. A survey by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT shows that every fourth family with children is not satisfied with working from home. It can also help to draw the curtains so as not to be consciously or unconsciously distracted by other disruptive factors and to put your private smartphone on silent.

3. Record online meetings for colleagues who are unable to attend

Some employees find it difficult to hold a meeting when private matters arise. This becomes a particular challenge when teams have to meet more often to coordinate. Meetings can be recorded for absent colleagues and viewed later.

4. Keep your working hours

According to a survey by Harvard Business School of three million participants from 23,000 companies, employees work almost an hour longer in their own four walls than in the office. This is mostly due to the fact that employees also have to take care of childcare. Many employees without offspring have the feeling that they have to work more in order to show their bosses commitment despite the absence in the office.

In order to get into routine, it makes sense to adhere to fixed start and end times as well as the lunch break. Despite important private appointments or childcare, working in your own home offers advantages in order to organize your time more efficiently.

Important: Consistently adhere to the weekly working hours and do not accumulate overtime.

5. Reduce stress with the help of routines and short breaks

Coffee breaks are just as important as dividing up and completing tasks correctly. Breaks promote concentration and creativity. Preparing the meal the evening before saves a lot of time for the lunch break. This leaves some space that can be used, for example, for relaxation in the form of a walk in the fresh air.