A study by ASUS shows that the majority of employees who normally work in the office are not adequately or optimally equipped with the mobile devices that are necessary for home office use. […]
For several weeks now, working in the home office has been a reality for many employees. In particular, people doing office work can help to slow down the spread of the corona virus through social distancing. For many employees, however, this means that they have to struggle with restrictions in their daily work. This is also due to a lack of suitable technology. This is shown by a study by Civey on behalf of ASUS, which interviewed 2,000 people who normally work in the office in Germany. Less than half of the respondents (40 percent) were able to do their job as usual. A quarter (25 percent) felt restricted when working in their home office.
If the technical equipment in companies is mainly tailored to a fixed workplace, mobile devices are often missing. The forced move to the home office can then pose major challenges for companies and employees. In fact, only 28 percent of those surveyed stated that all employees in the company were adequately equipped with technical devices for mobile work. Laptops in particular are lacking: More than a quarter (27 percent) of those surveyed indicated that not all employees could be equipped with notebooks. There is also a lack of headphones and microphones (14 percent), smartphones (13 percent) and webcams (11 percent). Despite the strong demand for end devices and peripheral devices, almost half (47 percent) of the employees surveyed were generally satisfied with their equipment. Only 17 percent are dissatisfied with the devices available.
Although the majority of employees do not have sufficient home office equipment, only a fifth of the companies are currently planning to make further investments in the corresponding infrastructure. 17 percent of companies want to invest in technical devices. In more than half (56 percent) of the companies, no further investments in the home office infrastructure are currently planned.
“Studies and surveys have long shown that employees want more opportunities for home office and flexible work,” says Jutta Peinze, Marketing Director of the Systems business unit at ASUS in Germany. “Companies should see the current situation as an opportunity to evaluate and close existing gaps in the technical equipment. By investing, for example, in modern devices that enable flexible working, companies can position themselves as sustainable in the long term beyond the current crisis situation. “
When it comes to the question of whether companies should offer flexible work opportunities such as home offices, reference is often made to the younger generations of millennials and “Generation Z” who make this requirement for employers. However, there were no significant differences between the age groups in the study: Respondents between 18 and 64 years of age showed a largely similar attitude towards productive work in the home office and their satisfaction with their equipment.
“Some employers may still consider the topic of mobile working as an issue of the future that will only become relevant when” Generation Z “enters the job market,” said Jutta Peinze. “The past few weeks have shown that employees of all ages can and want to work productively in the home office if the right equipment is available.”