The Corona crisis has demanded a lot from us to this day - privately, but above all professionally. Because working from home (if possible) can be convenient, but it is often tricky. Especially when the kids are at home too.
Mothers are the big losers in the corona crisis. Studies and surveys have shown that. With daycare centers and schools being closed for months, it is mainly women who have taken on childcare, regardless of how much they have (previously) worked. With the Corona crisis, women have been pushed back into their old role models.
Because what still rarely works is the compatibility of job and family. This is far from ideal for affected women. But it can also be a problem for employers. Because when valuable workers are absent, solutions must be found quickly. Many companies have therefore relied on the home office. Anyone who can make it possible sends their employees home.
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Home office is of course a great luxury. And at the same time a challenge for the employees and the company. So that the home office is satisfactory for both parties, one thing is very important: communication. That's exactly why we have time with our boss, Managing director of gofeminin.de GmbH, Tatjana Biallas, talked about home office.
If someone knows which requirements and conditions are essential for companies and employees in the home office, then they are.
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The biggest hurdle of the home office
The most important thing in the home office, according to Tatjana, is clearly trust in both directions. Employers and employees must speak openly and clearly about goals and expectations. This is the only way to guarantee that no one will be disappointed later.
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However, direct and, above all, fast communication is one of the biggest hurdles in the home office. "The quick exchange over the desk simply no longer takes place. You may have to wait for answers ", says Tatjana. The exchange of ideas or quick meetings only works to a limited extent via video calls. Both employees and employers have to adjust to this.
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In the current situation, in which many employees work from home, not only is trust super important for both sides, but also mutual understanding.
Flexibility is essential
Flexibility in working hours is a good way of being able to combine work and family better, says Tatjana. "Not everything has to be handled between 9 am and 6 pm."Being able to do the job 100 percent and at the same time look after or teach the children is not possible.
In Tatjana's opinion, employers should also be flexible when it comes to vacation. It should be possible to spontaneously submit vacations and have them approved.
What to do if the employer does not react flexibly?
There is no magic bullet here. Parents either have to organize themselves in such a way that neither children nor work suffer, or they have to reorient themselves professionally as a result. Before someone quits their job, however, they should always talk to their employer.
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(Home) office and family can work if both sides know exactly what they are getting into.
"I would always recommend bringing up the topic at the first meeting with the potential employer, " said Tatjana.
Anyone who plays with open cards from the start, regardless of whether they are employees or employers, does not have to expect nasty surprises.
Tip: On superheroine.io, a family-friendly job exchange, mums can search specifically for employers who include flexibility and home office. "Superheldin is committed to ensuring that the compatibility of work and motherhood is not only socially recognized, but also becomes a matter of course in the very near future, "said superheldin founder Sandra Westermann in an interview.
The aim of the founder is, among other things, to help ensure that more flexible working hours for highly qualified mothers are seen by their employers as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.
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