08/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/21/2023 03:12
Unlike before the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has now become a lasting fixture in German firms. Currently, 80 per cent of firms in the information economy have their employees working from home at least once a week. Even within the more location-bound manufacturing industry, this number stands at 45 per cent. Firms anticipate working from home to become even more widespread over the next two years. These are the results of a representative survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim among approximately 1,500 firms regarding the prevalence of work-from-home offers in the post-COVID-19 work landscape - the so-called new normal.
"As the current prevalence of work-from-home-offers in June 2023 shows, the trend towards hybrid work, set in motion by the pandemic, remains unbroken," comments Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, a researcher in ZEW's "Digital Economy" Unit. "On average, the current share of employees working from home at least once a week is roughly on par with the figures from the past three years. Moreover, firms anticipate an expansion of work-from-home offers over the next two years, rather than a decline in the share of employees using those offers."