Corona crisis / Sodexo study

Preferably both: working from home and at the office

Working at home: advantage time saving without having to go to work. Disadvantage no clear separation between work and private life.
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Working at home: advantage time saving without having to go to work. Disadvantage no clear separation between work and private life.

40 percent in Germany, with an 8-country average of 51 percent. These rates of remote work were determined by the Sodexo study "Working life in times of COVID-19" for the peak phase of the pandemic. Most of the people working from home in Germany are reluctant to give up this practice altogether.

Worldwide, the Corona pandemic has transformed working life and created new ways of working together. Since the average worker spends more than half of his or her waking hours at work, their well-being there has a major impact on the overall quality of life. Now, short-time work and working at home have blurred the boundaries to private life. In order to find out how employees feel as a result of the upheavals of recent months, service provider Sodexo commissioned a representative study. Employees in eight countries around the world were surveyed on the subject of "Working life in times of COVID-19".

Gladly back at work

Almost half of the Germans in the Corona-related home office are looking forward to returning to work.
Sodexo
Almost half of the Germans in the Corona-related home office are looking forward to returning to work.
Positive aspects from the point of view of company caterers in advance: They have reason to hope they will continue to be able to provide for the physical well-being of employees with good meals: In Germany people are looking forward to restarting "normal" working day routines. Only 28 percent of employees in Germany are concerned about their own or their families' health when they return to work. The lowest figure in international comparison. They are more relaxed about returning to the office (46%) than the average (36%) of the countries surveyed.
According to the study, 88% of workers have already had positive experiences with their return to office. This may be due to good information provided by employers in advance: 72 percent say they have been informed by their employer when and under what conditions they can return to their normal job. In comparison, these are the highest figures in the European countries surveyed.

The Sodexo study also reveals that only 11 percent of German employees felt physically worse in mid-June. The reasons given for this were less exercise and a more unhealthy diet – a signal to caterers to promote healthy food. 12 percent confirmed a lower level of mental well-being in mid-June. Normal productivity was reported by 55 percent of those surveyed for their home office work, and 29 percent even see an increase.

Resilient workers

Most employees in Germany managed working hours away from their colleagues well. According to the study, 66 percent of German employees are still satisfied with their job and 64 percent are also satisfied with their employer. Also positive: The vast majority have strong trust in employers, colleagues and employees with regard to hygiene and safety at work (around 70% each).

Compared to workers in the USA, UK, China, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, few people in Germany stayed at home to work during the corona pandemic.
Sodexo
Compared to workers in the USA, UK, China, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, few people in Germany stayed at home to work during the corona pandemic.
Around 40 percent of employees in Germany were in the home office during the peak of the pandemic. This is the lowest figure in international comparison (Ø 51 %). Many respondents discovered positive effects, too. The result: 80 percent of home workers at corona times would like to continue working at home, at least one to three days a week. However, this would require that the basic equipment at both workplaces is up to standard and that collaborative forms of work are encouraged. According to the study, people working from home perceive the lack of social interaction and efficient teamwork as negative. They rather expect a good balance between work and private life.

"The Corona pandemic is a catalyst for existing social trends. This is now also confirmed by our study. The focus has shifted massively to well-being, which is changing working environments and also influencing some areas of our industry," says Dieter Gitzen, Country President Sodexo Germany. The more comfortable employees feel in their job, the more productive they are. According to the World Health Organization, depression and anxiety cause an estimated US-$1 trillion a year in lost productivity in the global economy. A good reason to invest in the well-being of all.
About the study
The Sodexo "Worklife Tracker" study was conducted in mid-June 2020 in cooperation with the international market research institute Harris Interactive. The survey comprised 4,824 online interviews in eight countries and is representative of the working population aged 18 and over. The participants are employees from the private and public sectors in the USA, Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. They were asked about their mood during the COVID 19 pandemic and, in this context, about a range of issues, including physical and mental well-being, productivity and the perceived advantages and disadvantages of distance working. Further results can be found in an e-book under this link.



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