Hanover (dpa) – Many employees welcome the trend towards mobile work, at the same time fewer and fewer can switch off after work or on vacation. This is one of the results of the “Monitor Digitization”, a survey of industrial employees. For this purpose, the IG BCE trade union has had data collected from the sectors it represents for the second time since 2019 – from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries to the rubber and plastics sectors to the energy and cement industries. More than 11,000 people from almost 1,600 companies took part in the survey, according to a statement on Thursday.
The majority of those who can also work from home or on the go would not want to do without the new opportunities. At the same time, people also feel the downside: The work and time pressure has increased further.
Intensification of work increases
The changes triggered primarily by the home office trend during the Corona period can be seen in both surveys. A majority of employees (55 percent) state that digitization means increasing work intensification for them. In 2019, this value was 47 percent. More than one in four (27 percent) also fully or mostly agreed with the statement that they could not switch off after work; this is at least partially the case for a further 31 percent. In 2019, these values were still 20 and 27 percent, respectively.
“This negative trend is a clear warning sign,” says Francesco Grioli, IGBCE Executive Board member. At the heart of the problem is an “always on” attitude that is tacitly assumed in many companies. A stop must be put in place. “We need a right to non-availability,” demanded Grioli. At the same time, the IGBCE will enforce more framework agreements on the volume of work with digital systems to protect employees. It is also important to properly regulate mobile work across the industry.
It is clear that, despite everything, the employees do not want to do without their home office. 47 percent are satisfied with their current level of home work, and another 37 percent would like to increase it.