Survey Corona balance 2020: less vacation, less home office again

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# 1 Less vacation 2020

In November 2020, Xing again created its corona barometer. According to the information, 629 active Xing members from Germany took part in the online survey. Around three in four (74 percent) took less vacation in 2020 than in previous years. This was the highest value in the three German-speaking countries in which Xing’s corona barometer was collected (Austria: around 68 percent, Switzerland: around 70 percent).

# 2 Exhausted

Accordingly, many people are drained. Almost two thirds (64 percent) of those surveyed who took less vacation felt more exhausted than usual at the end of the year.

# 3 Exhausting Corona year

The workload and the generally exceptional circumstances led about 71 percent of the German respondents to conclude: 2020 was more strenuous and challenging than previous years.

# 4 Still optimistic about the new year

Nevertheless, for more than every second respondent (57 percent), 2020 was all in all satisfactory. And most of the participants in the Xing survey (55 percent) were very positive or positive about the future. In the ARD Germany trend, 67 percent of German citizens looked optimistically to 2021.

# 5 Hybrid forms of work are catching on

In November every third respondent (32 percent) worked exclusively in the home office, 40 percent partially in the home office. In May the quotas were 47 and 24 percent. “We can see from this development that hybrid office solutions, ie working in the office as well as in the home office, seem to be gaining acceptance,” judged Xing.

# 6 Divided opinion about supervisors

This is what Xing members without managerial responsibility said most often about their superiors at the end of the year:

  • has given more responsibility: 32 percent
  • communicates less in the home office than in the office: 30 percent
  • is more compassionate than before the crisis: 26 percent
  • is easier to reach in the home office: 25 percent

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