Monday, November 29, 2021

To contain the pandemic – home office obligation planned: should people work at home?

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It already existed once, now it could come back: the obligation to work from home. How do you feel about the measure intended by Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil?

“In the case of office work or comparable activities, the employer has to offer employees the opportunity to carry out these activities in their home if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary,” says a draft law that was completed on Friday evening. It is also written there: “The employees have to accept this offer, provided there are no reasons to the contrary.”

The SPD, Greens and FDP are still discussing the paper. Meanwhile, employees and employers are discussing what to think of Heil’s proposal, which should ensure that the high incidence of infection with the corona virus is reduced. Because one thing is clear: Home office has its supporters and its opponents.

Some appreciate the security of working within their own four walls, others fear direct contact with colleagues, which they have re-established after months of distance. While one half is able to go about their work from home, for example because they only need a computer, the other half cannot work from home because their job does not allow it. Particular attention should be paid to systemically relevant jobs in nursing, retail or people who offer services that are close to the body.

What do you think of the obligation to work from home, which was put forward by the Federal Ministry of Labor? Does this increase the protection of the population against the virus or would other measures make more sense? Would you benefit from working from home or does your job not allow this at all?

Write us an email at Readers opinion@stroeer.de. Please use the subject “Home office” for your submission. Tell us what you think in a few sentences. We will publish a selection of the contributions in a separate article, stating their names.

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