Homeoffice5 things that annoy remote work and video conferencing

What makes some happy gets on the nerves of others: work in the home officeimago images / Westend61

# 1 Disabled job

Anyone who has ended up in the home office from now on usually has no professional office chair at home, no stand-up table and certainly no ergonomically coordinated workplace. Many who don’t even have their own study have been making kitchen offices for weeks. Back and neck pain are pre-programmed after eight hours on the rattan chair at the dining table. If you have a job where you need a particularly large monitor or maybe even two, you regularly ask yourself: where to put all that stuff? Home office saves time because there is no way to operate it. However, it must be taken into account that there may be a daily set-up and dismantling of the workplace.

# 2 Lame internet

It may sound unbelievable, but even in the middle of Berlin, for example, many people only have very slow internet. Expressed in terrifying numbers: 12MBit / s. This makes common browser applications possible, but emails with attachments can quickly become a problem. Sending larger documents or presentations with pictures and graphics then means that there will definitely be an involuntary longer lunch break on this day. Bad internet requires meticulous timing: starting to send larger files half an hour before a video call almost certainly means that one of the two will not work.

# 3 Bad catering

With the home office, the view of the canteen changes. While at work everyone complains that the food doesn’t taste good, you take back all criticism at home. After a week of cheese bread at the latest, there is not so much to object to a mushy lasagna from the conveyor belt. And appreciates how comfortable it is to sit down at the set table like a mom. It is even easier for some to create a detailed mind map for the next campaign than to think of five different meals a week.

# 4 continuous use

Only a few remote workers manage to draw clear boundaries between work and private life. This usually means working more than in the office. Just answer a few e-mails quickly or create a backup: Something is still on the to-do list. And if not everyone around you gradually goes home, time quickly forgets. In addition, there is the feeling of always having to answer at lightning speed, because otherwise the boss thinks that the home office should not be taken too seriously. In general, the other colleagues: if all of their tasks are more flexible, this can be a landslide-like change for those who want to stick to the 9-to-5 principle. Because nobody feels properly when the other is actively working and working so that you can take the next step yourself.

# 5 Constant technology problems

Video conferencing is undoubtedly a good thing. Especially if they help people stop flying to other continents for a two-hour meeting. In this country, however, it also shows time and again that Germany is not a high-tech pioneer – and employees are differently tech-savvy: No matter which tool is used for the video call, everyone is rarely involved from the start. Someone always forgets to turn on their mic or turned it up too loud. There is always a colleague who “didn’t understand acoustically”. If someone actually has major technical problems, he has to google himself through all support forums with the half sentence “Skype camera cannot be activated”. Everything that is not technically running smoothly is not only annoying for the moment, but also means that agreements from video chats always have a somewhat more non-binding effect or that their implementation works less well.


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