Does your employer offer you the home office option? Many do, few take advantage of it (especially those without children). Many say they can't concentrate at home, or worse, the digital equipment just isn't up to snuff. Do you have what it takes to work at the kitchen table without being distracted by Netflix or your 1-year-old?

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Being flexible with one's work regarding time and space is something most feel can improve the work/life balance. In Germany, only about 16% work at least partially mobile or in a home office. This information comes from a study by D21 Gidital Index 2018/2019  reported by The study was presented to the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin on 22 January 2019. According to 56% of those surveyed, the most common reason against taking home office is that their job is simply not compatible with their jobs.

Office Job Perks

People who have office jobs are more likely to work from home, because they generally complete their tasks on a laptop. Laptops can be taken home very easily, but only 44% with an office job said they received a laptop from their employer, with only 25% having received a smartphone and 14% having received the collaboration tools necessary for working on documents together. Something very shocking: women are less likely than men to be provided with work equipment for the home office!

Company To Company Variations

Those who are permitted to work anywhere or anytime, or who are equipped with the right tools to do so, vary greatly from company to company. For most of those surveyed, it depends on the type of activity and their position in the company. For 15%, it depends on how often they travel professionally. More than 1/3 stated there were no rules in their companies.

Survey Details

The study for the D21 Digital Index, which was put together by the research company Kantar TNS, surveyed more than 22,000 professionals and people in training 14 years of age or over. The funding for the study cames from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and by sponsors including Allianz, Fujitsu and Barmer. Initiative D21 is a public-private partnership that describes iself as a "non-profit network for the digital society consisting of business, politics, science and civil society".