Since March 2020 the Corona pandemic has taken over public and private life in Germany. Apart from the health-concerns, the economic impact of the pandemic has played a major role in current discussions. There have also been grave changes to the working world. In many industries, working from home became essential to keep businesses running amidst the Corona restrictions.
A recent survey conducted by the ifo Institute with the management consulting firm Mercer|Promerit and FidAR e.V, examined whether and to what extent the corona pandemic will affect personnel management and what changes are expected for the future. The 1,188 survey participants include business leaders, managers and HR managers at German firms.
The results show a mixed picture. Working from home remains an important tool within the crisis and there were only a few problems with the implementation of remote work. Work processes were digitized within a very short time; new communication tools were used, and digital skills were expanded. However, it is not possible to work from home in every profession and in every industry. Working from home was easier within the services sector for example, compared to the retail or manufacturing industries. In addition, from the employer’s point of view, the work result often suffers. For women – especially due to the compatibility of work and family – the impact is higher due to the negative consequences of the pandemic. Reasons could include access to childcare being more difficult during the Corona crisis.
You can download the full report here.