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Opportunities and Challenges Working From Home – Part 1

December 21st, 2022 | by
Workplace that becomes a place of well-being through many plants

Well-Being Oasis in the Home Office
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Since the start of the Corona pandemic in spring 2020, working from home has been part of the daily working life for many of us. Working from home was initially a big change for most of us and offers both opportunities and challenges at the same time. In this blog post, we would like to show you the opportunities that workin from home offers and how to implement them as well as possible challenges and risks that arise from working from home.

Opportunities and Risks

On the one hand, the elimination of the usual commuting times leads to enormous time savings, leaving more time for leisure activities, family and relaxation from work. On the other hand, the working from home makes it much more difficult to separate work and private life, since suddenly work, home and family are all under one roof. So how can we make the most of the opportunities offered by working from home and minimise possible risks?

Separation Between Work and Leisure

In order to successfully manage the workday from working from home, a clear separation between work and leisure is needed. The easiest way to separate work and private life is a spatial separation. Working in bed or on the sofa should definitely be avoided. The best place for this is a separate work room where the door can be closed so that you can work undisturbed. This should also create the feeling of mentally “leaving work behind” after work, in order to avoid too much work-related brooding after work.

Oasis of Well-being at the Workplace

The workplace should also be a place of well-being at home by making the workplace appealing, e.g. with pictures or a beautifully designed pin board. Plants also have a positive effect on well-being and perceived stress. Of course, ergonomic equipment, including a suitable desk chair and table, a height-adjustable monitor, etc., is also part of the healthiest possible work equipment.

It is a well-known fact that clothes make the man, so appropriate clothing should also be worn in the home office and therefore sweatpants should be dispensed with. 🙂 After all, normal everyday clothing helps to switch into “work mode”. After all, you wouldn’t sit in the office in sweatpants either.

Daily Rhythm and Break Times

In addition, it can be helpful to keep to your usual daily rhythm. This means getting up early enough to wake up, getting ready and arranging your work utensils, and starting work on time. If possible, the break should be taken in the middle of the day. And very important: finish work on time. The way you organise your breaks also contributes significantly to your well-being in the home office. This includes closing the laptop, leaving the workplace and getting out into the fresh air – even in the cold season (there is no bad weather, only bad clothing). 🙂

Mental and Physical Health

Basically, attention should be paid to physical and mental balance in leisure time. Whether it’s jogging, going to the gym, playing team sports, creative activities such as painting, sewing, journaling or socialising by spending time with friends, family and pets.

More concrete tips on stress management in the home office will be in the next posts, so stay tuned for more!


Responsible for the content of this article is Lena Jager.

2 responses to “Opportunities and Challenges Working From Home – Part 1”

  1. Cosmo says:

    Homeoffice war für uns auch sehr herausfordernd;)


    • Jörres, Linda says:

      Hallo Cosmo,
      vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar!
      Wir hoffen, dass ihr die Zeit gut überstanden habt und mit den genannten Chancen das Homeoffice angenehmer gestalten könnt.
      Viele Grüße
      das IT Center Blog Team