Home office, mobile working – what am I actually doing?

Home-Office, mobiles Arbeiten – was mache ich eigentlich?

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A little green inspires! © Franziska White

Time and time again, I find myself talking about home office. “Right now we’re working in a home office.” Or, “Home office is great, I can work on the balcony sometimes.” But doesn’t home office literally just mean a home office? In Corona days, most of us were quickly sent to the home office to minimize the risk of contagion. But is that the right term now? My husband and I have been working from home for a few months now. Since I only work part-time, he sits in the den and I work where our one-year-old girls aren’t being babied at the moment. He also needs a neat, tidy workspace to be able to concentrate. I, on the other hand, like to wander flexibly through the apartment and look for the place where I feel most comfortable. Am I perhaps practicing mobile working? Or is being at home enough to call it a home office? What is behind these designations? That’s what I wanted to find out, and I found out that, unlike mobile working, home office does indeed have some fixed rules.

What exactly is home office?

According to labor law, the home office in Germany is defined as follows: It is a computer workstation permanently set up by the employer. And it is not permanently set up until the employer and employee have defined the conditions in an agreement and the equipment for the home office has been provided by the employer and installed on site. In addition, there is a risk assessment in which the working conditions and the workplace are examined on site. To do this, the employee must give written consent for outside experts to enter the home and inspect the workplace. An alternative to this is for the employee to inform the employer about the specific layout of his or her workplace and to agree on the details of the furnishings.

The provisions for the home office

In addition to the hazards associated with a normal office workplace in a company, the assessment should also consider the hazards associated with a home office. There is a whole range of regulations on this. I analyzed my own workstation based on these criteria to see if it might even be suitable for a home office:

  • It must have sufficient space for changing working postures and movements.
  • Display devices are positioned so that the surface is free of annoying reflections and glare.
  • Work tables must have a low-reflection surface and be set up so that the surfaces are free of annoying reflections when working.
  • The work surface must be large enough to allow variable arrangement of all items required for work, such as keyboard, mouse, pens and notepads. In addition, the work surface in front of the keyboard must allow the heels of the hands to be placed on it.
  • When working in a home office, data security must also be ensured through a data protection/IT security concept. But this also includes lockable cabinets, logging into the Internet only via VPN or tunnel solutions, and not keeping passwords freely accessible. What was new for me was that printouts with company information have no place at home in the wastebasket in the home office.

The requirements for the employee

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Unfortunately my dining table sometimes dazzles ©Sandra Kade

Unfortunately, I can’t meet all these criteria. For example, my dining table is white, so the surface is a bit dazzling between 1 and 5 p.m. on sunny days. But my employer has equipped me with a laptop, mouse, etc., so nothing stands in the way of good work. So, theoretically, I could even do home office, if only I would always work in the same place and it would be separated like my husband’s study. But the fact is, I just work flexibly at the place where it just fits (if it’s for childcare, also at my parents) or where I feel best (gladly also on the balcony). But I still meet the most important requirement for mobile working: I stay in Germany! Because yes, you have to stay in Germany if you are also allowed to leave your home. Despite all these differences, working from home, whether in a home office or mobile working, does have some things in common, such as the requirements for the employee.

  • The employee must adhere to normal working hours, because both home office and mobile working simply involve working at a different location. The work must therefore be performed to exactly the same extent and quality as if sitting in the office.
  • However, this also implies that the employee observes his break times. There is often a tendency to simply eat something at the computer, which then leads to breaks being ignored.This brings us straight to the dangers of home office or, in my case, mobile working from home.

Dangers of home office/mobile working from home

Personally, I’m very happy about the opportunity to work from home, because my children are not yet in daycare and I therefore need less childcare than I would if the time for the round trip and lunch break were added to the working hours. Even though it’s hard not to jump into the living room with them when one is crying or to sit at the computer and ignore them banging on the room door. Nevertheless, this is not the perfect model for everyone and this form of working also has its pitfalls. One source of danger, for example, is working on regular chairs, but they weren’t built for sitting at a desk for hours on end. This lack of ergonomic adjustment can lead to physical strain on the muscles and skeleton, which can also trigger headaches.

However, it is not uncommon for working from home to also pose a psychological burden due to the lack of spatial and temporal separation between personal life and workspace. And we don’t want to forget the previously mentioned danger, which may please the employer somewhat and will vote more positively for home office, namely the frequent forgetting of breaks and the increased overtime, which is often worked because an e-mail is answered briefly on the side, etc.

mobiles Arbeiten Betahaus

Socializing at betahaus Hamburg ©Franziska Weiß

Nevertheless, most employees see working at home as an opportunity and are happy about the trust placed in them. Thus, they often work overtime precisely to prove that they are hardworking and not lazily on the couch having a marathon series. Another factor that influences whether one is successful in the home office is conscientiousness. In Wirtschaftswoche, Conny Herbert Antoni, an industrial and organizational psychologist at the University of Trier, explains: “There are consistent correlations between a person’s conscientiousness and successful home office. If I’m conscientious, it also means I do what I set out to do.” Which sometimes means working overtime, or working with a cold instead of taking a sick leave.

In a report by AOK, the health insurance company found that home office employees were less likely to call in sick. On the other hand, they were more likely to report psychological problems such as anger, self-doubt and sleep disturbances, which may indicate a lack of boundaries. But also a lack of social interaction. Because if you’re otherwise annoyed with a coworker, you can deal with him in the office, vent to other colleagues, or simply try to get rid of the anger on the way home. But all of these options are no longer available. This leads to the biggest problem with the home office: For many, social contacts at work are very important and they fear isolation due to working from home. Conny Herbert Antoni said in Wirtschaftswoche: “Personality factors influence how well someone copes with the home office. There is evidence that people who are very socially oriented don’t like to be alone as much and can be less productive as a result.” These people also need to be picked up at corona times, especially with involuntary home office/mobile working.

Ways to counteract these dangers

At Picalike, we are very lucky that both our boss and our project manager are very concerned with these dangers and try to counteract the psychological disadvantages of the home office in many different ways. For one thing, we have a fixed appointment in the office where we meet there every other week and report on what we’re currently dealing with, what we’re doing, and simply see each other live once in a while. We also have a chat roulette, which is, so to speak, our substitute for the chat in the coffee kitchen, which it can’t replace completely, but at least a little bit. In the morning, we draw lots to determine who should make a call with whom about a topic that is completely detached from work during the course of the day. Then you make an appointment and most of the time it turns into a conversation about God and the world.

Every few weeks we also do a survey about how we are doing, what our expectations and wishes are. And last but not least, we have the opportunity to work in the office whenever we want. The seats are free, coffee and water are available and you can also see in the weekly schedule which of your colleagues will also be there. And if it gets a bit too crowded in the office, you can switch to one of the large co-working spaces or the Betahaus café.

My conclusion

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Tidy workplace of my husband ©Sandra Kade

As my research progressed, it became more and more clear to me that my husband actually works in a home office. He sits at his desk in our study every day with all his equipment. He has a perfectly equipped workstation with laptop, screen, printer, scanner, an extra stool against back pain, the door is lockable, all danger zones like cables lying around have been removed. I, on the other hand, work on the move, flexibly sitting down wherever I can work best, and after a hard night’s sleep, that can also be at the kitchen table next to the coffee machine with a mountain of cookies.

Your Sandra Kade

It´s still running? A status update after 6 months in the home office

6 Monate im Home-Office
6 Monate im Home-Office

6 month home office

Who would have thought that in March of this year? Back then, everything was still fresh, everything new (as reported here). It felt good to work from home. Finally in comfortable clothes, without long commutes, just throwing the laundry in the washing machine during my lunch break. A whole new attitude to life.

But how are we doing today? What has become of this supposed fulfillment of work-life balance? After more than 6 months in the home office, do we still feel as good as we did at the beginning of the Corona crisis? What has changed? How much do we miss the office routine and why do we suddenly no longer hoard toilet paper, but completely different things?

After half a year of “working from home”, we asked a few selected Picalike employees questions about their well-being and their work situation in the home office, and these are their answers:

Franziska is our Customer Success Manager and looks after existing customers at Picalike

Franziska Weiß
Franzi im Home Office

Franzi in the Home Office


If you don’t hoard toilet paper anymore, what do you have in abundance in the house now?

Phew, nothing really. We go shopping once or twice a week and get what we need. I don’t have the space at home to hoard anything.

Best book/audiobook/series/movie/video game/board game/podcast you discovered in the last months?

Series I could list many here now, but my favorites include:

The Handmaid’s Tale and Dark. Board games and community games I’m a fan of Wizard, but you need 3 people for that, which was of course difficult at the beginning of Corona. I could go on forever, but I think that’s enough.

It’s been a good 6 months now that we all don’t see each other every day in the office, but only every 2 weeks in a joint meeting. How do you feel today? Has your emotional state changed since the beginning of March?

I still feel very comfortable, as I have also gotten used to the situation and I like working in the home office.

Has anything changed in your workplace?

Yes, actually. Since working in the kitchen was not a long-term solution, I have created a small work corner in the living room. I can leave everything there at the end of the day and don’t have to put it away for dinner.

Which piece of clothing has become particularly dear to you during this time?

I’ll be honest – the sweatpants. When you sit at your desk all day it’s more comfortable than wearing jeans or something like that. 😄

Any new acquisitions in the household? (Pet, fitness equipment, balcony or garden remodel?).

We did purchase a food processor. Other than that, as I mentioned before, my new desk 😉

Have you discovered new leisure activities for you and/ or discontinued others?

Unfortunately, I do much less sports, at home I can motivate myself less well to do so. However, I still don’t like going to gyms at the moment.

What do you miss most in the home office?

Riding my bike to work every day and direct contact with colleagues, but fortunately we’ve found a pretty good solution internally so that it’s only half as bad 😉 (Editor’s note: We’ve introduced a daily chatroulette via Slack. Every day, you chat with a random team member for about 15 minutes about random topics or something completely different).

What do you not miss so much?

The time it takes to drive to work – yes, I miss riding my bike, but this way I have one hour more a day for private things.

Hand on heart: How often do you cook yourself pasta during the week or conveniently order food to eat at home?

In the beginning I ate a lot of convenience food, but now we cook a lot more thanks to our new food processor.

Hi Julius, how do you feel after 6 months in the home office? Has your emotional situation changed since the beginning of March?

I think we have made the situation as comfortable as possible for everyone. I am one of the people who spends most of my time in the home office (a team meeting in the office every 14 days). This is still more than in the early days, but not much. I realize that especially when I then see the team on site, then I notice that the contact with colleagues is already a bit lacking.

Has anything changed in your workplace?

Hardly at all, the main changes took place in the first few weeks. Although, a curtain was still important – in the mornings you are otherwise strongly blinded here.

Which piece of clothing has become particularly dear to you during this time?

Let’s be honest: shorts / sweatpants.

Any new acquisitions in the household? (Pet, fitness equipment, balcony or garden remodel?).


Have you discovered any new leisure activities for yourself and/ or stopped doing others?

Too little exercise… Other than that, app development.

Hallo Julius, wie fühlst du dich nach nunmehr 6 Monaten im Home Office? Hat sich deine Gefühlslage zum Anfang März verändert?

Ich denke wir haben die Situation für alle so angenehm wie möglich gemacht. Ich gehöre zu den Leuten, die die meiste Zeit im Homeoffice verbringen (alle 14 Tage ein Team-Meeting im Büro). Das ist zwar immer noch mehr als in der Anfangszeit, aber nicht viel. Das wird mir vor allem bewusst, wenn ich dann das Team vor Ort sehe, dann bemerke ich, dass der Kontakt mit den Kollegen schon ein wenig fehlt.

Hat sich etwas an deinem Arbeitsplatz geändert?

Kaum noch, die wesentlichen Veränderungen fanden in den ersten Wochen statt. Obwohl, ein Vorhang war noch wichtig – morgens wird man hier sonst stark geblendet.

Welches Kleidungsstück ist dir in dieser Zeit besonders ans Herz gewachsen?

Seien wir doch ehrlich: kurze Hose / Jogginghose.

Irgendwelche Neu-Anschaffungen im Haushalt? (Haustier, Fitnessgerät, Balkon oder Garten umgestaltet?)


Hast du neue Freizeitaktivitäten für dich entdeckt und/ oder andere eingestellt?

Zu wenig Sport… Abgesehen davon: App-Entwicklung.

Julius im Home Office

Julius im Home Office

Julius at home office

Julius is a machine learning engineer and programmer at Picalike

Julius Lange

What do you miss most about the home office?

Probably no one can hear this anymore: the colleagues (talking and actually sitting across from each other are very different things).

What do you not miss at all?

100 minutes of commuting per day.

Hand on heart: how many times a week do you cook yourself pasta or conveniently order food home?

On average 1x per week I think. Not living alone is very helpful there.

If you don’t hoard toilet paper anymore, what do you have in abundance in the house now?

Honestly… nothing. The fridge is still empty at least once a week.

Best book/audiobook/series/movie/video game/board game/podcast you’ve discovered in the last few months?

The Switch. Overall. At home alone or as a couple and online with friends. It just fits. Besides, there have been days when I wouldn’t have moved at all without “Just Dance”.

Maik is project manager of the Picalike dev team and leads our big team meeting every 2 weeks at Betahaus

Maik Kade

Maik im Home Office

Maik at the Home Office


What do you miss most about the home office?

Working together with the marketing/sales team in one office. But since we moved with the company, this is no longer possible anyway. Otherwise sports, as already mentioned, especially the way there and back by bike. And going to the movies.

What do you not miss at all?

The train rides to work.

Hand on heart: How often do you cook yourself pasta during the week or conveniently order food home?

Because of the kids, we have ready-to-eat pizza once a week or food that is generally quick to prepare – for us adults, that is. The children feast on the best we can prepare for them. You have to take a back seat, or sometimes you don’t even have time to eat properly. Delivery service is only once every 3-4 weeks.

If you no longer hoard toilet paper, what do you now have in abundance in the house?

Toilet paper! No, seriously. We didn’t really start hoarding things more than we did before. And we weren’t hoarding then either.

And what about you, Maik? How do you feel after 6 months in the home office? Have your feelings changed since the beginning of March?

Overall, I’m actually doing just as well as I was in March, although I have to say that I mostly like the many home offices quite a lot and they fit in quite well with my private everyday life – especially my two very agile twin girls. Regarding the pandemic, I’m not so much in panic mode anymore, but I’m still not completely relaxed about it and probably won’t be until the issue is finally over.

Has anything changed at your workplace?

I have moved my work desk to another place in the room and am more meticulous about keeping the space and room tidy, as I have noticed that having to work in an untidy room really affects me.

What piece of clothing have you grown particularly fond of during this time?

In the hot summer it was definitely my two new cargo shorts. With them, you can work comfortably without feeling like you’re sitting in a ski suit in the sauna. And on long walks with the stroller, they have enough pockets for everything.

Any new acquisitions in the household? (Pet, fitness equipment, balcony or garden remodel?).

We purchased a mini swimming pool for the balcony, which the kids have used plenty to splash around in, and I’ve been cooling my feet in it. Apart from that, I now have a knee stool in the study and can regularly switch between it and my Petzi bouncy ball. That does my back a lot of good in the home office. And well, my kettlebell collection is now complete, since I still like to use lunch breaks for a short sports program.

Have you discovered any new recreational activities for you and/ or discontinued others?

I don’t teach Capoeira at the moment and train this only alone. That is surely also Corona-conditioned, however it would have come there anyway by the two small children at home to restrictions. Even if that’s complaining on a high level, it’s putting a lot of pressure on me, since I’ve been practicing this sport very intensively for over 20 years and have a lot of my friends there.

On the other hand, I now have more time in the evenings to listen to audio books and to watch/listen to a series via tablet and headphones with a sleeping child in my arms. That is really something special!

Best book/audiobook/series/movie/video game/board game/podcast you’ve discovered in the last few months?

Best TV series – Cobra Kai (formerly MTV) now on Netflix. The series surprised me beyond belief, as I never thought a sequel to the Karate Kid trilogy from the 80s could be so exciting, emotional and funny.

In terms of audiobooks, I’m currently delving into the “Gray Man” tech crime series about a solo operative (assassin) from the hand of Mark Greaney, who has also co-written with Tom Clancy. And I’m looking forward to the 200 million Netflix film adaptation of these books.

Finally, I want to finally read Frank Herbert’s Dune (The Desert Planet) in the original, and thus prepare myself for the film adaptation by Denis Villeneuve (here’s the trailer).

And how do you feel after the long time in the home office? Or are you already back-to-normal and back in the office?
Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

Our new office

Hello Schanze

Hello Schanze

New office, new flexibility, new working world? Our step towards the New Work.

Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, it was clear to us: We have to move out of our premises in Rothenbaumchaussee. On the one hand, our lease expires this summer, and on the other hand, this sleek, but unfortunately somewhat stiff and conservative environment at Rothenbaum just didn’t fit our young, dynamic and high-tech picalike spirit.

For us as a tech company, it was not a big challenge to move to a home office right away. All processes are digitalized, every team member owns a laptop and even in pre-corona times we had the possibility to work from home. This intensive time away from the office did not harm the productivity and efficiency of the team and so the idea was born to look for a new work concept. Does every employee really need a fixed workstation in the office from Monday to Friday? Before Corona, were all workplaces always occupied (keyword: vacation/sickness)? How many home office days and how many office days are ideal and desirable for you? Sebastian (CEO) asked us these questions during the lockdown and it came out that everyone in the team would like to have more flexibility and work 3-4 days a week in the home office.

Since we were looking for a new office anyway, as mentioned before, we took the chance and made a huge step towards the “new working world”. We are excited to see how our experience in a co-working atmosphere with lots of flexibility and freedom will be for us and are looking forward to an exciting new working world.

We look forward to welcoming you personally to this location from now on.

Our new address:

picalike GmbH
℅ Betahaus
Eifflerstraße 43
22769 Hamburg

How’s it going? A status update after 14 days in the home office

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Home Office - Kaffeepause bei Picalike

14 Days Home Office

A good 14 days ago the Picalike team decided by mutual agreement to set up their (work) tents at home and work in the home office for an indefinite period of time in order to protect everyone and to keep the infection curve flat. But how have the employees been doing in the last few days? What new routines have been created, what has remained the same, what do the team members miss most and what do they miss least? We asked a few colleagues about this and here are their honest and sometimes not so serious answers.

Franziska takes care of the existing customers at Picalike.

Franziska Weiß
Franzi's Home Office

Franzi’s Home Office

Did you find it difficult to discipline yourself at first?

No, not really. I closed the door and I’m not to be disturbed. It’s important to me to see the home office as a normal working day and to do tasks like washing clothes and stuff at the end of the day, which is what I would do otherwise.

What technical equipment do you have at home?

Since I “only” live in a 60 sqm apartment with my partner, I’m not lucky enough to have my own office, so as I already mentioned, my kitchen is just right. I have my work laptop and mouse with me.

What would the ideal working world look like for you? Remote or at the office?

I like talking to my colleagues and I also like going to work by bike in the morning, so I like working in the office. However, I find the possibility of doing home office very pleasant and could also imagine a mixture of remote and office.

A good 2 weeks have now passed in which we all no longer see each other every day in the office. How are you today? How’s the work from home treating you?

I’m fine, I’m sitting in my kitchen, working on my tasks. Besides, I can watch the beautiful weather out of the window.

What was the biggest challenge/changeover in the home office for you?

Since I don’t have any children to look after yet and have enough space to work, I shouldn’t complain. I have also worked in the home office before and can therefore handle it very well.

What does your working day look like now? Which things/tasks have remained the same? What has changed? Do you have new routines?

Actually, it looks the same as always: I get up, get cleaned up and sit at the computer. What has changed is that I can sleep a little longer because I no longer have a driving route. What has changed is that I always take a little walk after work (of course with a lot of distance to other people). And not to forget: The clothing style. I work without shoes on my feet and most of the time I wear sweatpants. On top I dress according to my daily routine (meeting, no meeing with clients) with a hoodie or regular top (sweater).

What do you miss most in the home office?

The funny moments with my colleagues and the stories of my boss Sebastian 😉 In the home office you sit rather mute in the “office”. And of course our office dog Lilly, who always brings a smile to your face.

What do you miss the least?

Getting up earlier *laughs*

What is the biggest trap for you in the home office?

It’s hard to say, I get along well with the home office and can seperate private things from worktime. If so, then it’s probably my posture at the PC, again and again I find myself sitting crooked or slipping from my chair – I’m curious to see the statistics on how many people have a slipped disc after spending time in the home office.

What are the 3 things without which you would not survive a work from home?

Hot lemon (sugar-free), cuddly socks (for warm feet), dishwasher (where do all the dishes come from *laughs*)

How much toilet paper do you have left in the house/flat?

Because I am not one of those preppers (which in Germany are called Hamster), there are only: 8 rolls. Should be enough for now.

Hello Julius, you too have been in the home office for over two weeks now. How are you today? How is the “working from home” for you?

An interesting mixture of advantages and disadvantages.

What was the biggest challenge/changeover in the home office for you?

Fewer social contacts and less working together on a task.

How does your working day now look like? Which things/tasks have remained the same? What has changed? Do you have new routines?

I get up much later. The common lunch is omitted and thus the day is structured more variable. The important question at 11:30 a.m. is missing (in the Picalike team this is the question of who goes where for lunch, editor’s note). Not much has changed in the actual work processes.

What do you miss most in the home office?

The direct contact with colleagues.

What do you miss least?

The commute.

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Julius in the home office

Julius is a software developer at Picalike

Julius Lange

What is the biggest trap for you in the home office?

Large, unmanageable and complex tasks, which are best discussed and divided up first in a team and where a lot of familiarisation could be facilitated / saved by explanations from others.

Did you find it difficult to discipline yourself at the beginning?

It was neither easier nor harder for me at the beginning than at other times.

What technical equipment do you have at home?

Work laptop + gaming mouse/keyboard + screen + speakers + webcam + ANC headset when silence becomes too loud.

What would the ideal working world look like for you? Remote or in the office?

Probably a mixture. 3 days office, 2 days home office for example.

What are the 3 things without which you would not survive a home office?

Screen, music, video chat.

How much toilet paper do you have left in your house/flat?

All of it.

Maik is project manager of the Picalike development team

Maik Kade
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Maiks home office

What do you miss most about the home office?

My almost 10 km bike ride there in the morning and back in the evening. I actually need this time to clear my head, get some fresh air and I really like the training. Somehow I always plan my work on the bike or let the day pass in review.

Apart from that I also miss the working atmosphere on site. We really have a great team at picalike and I have much less contact with everyone at the moment.
Especially as a project manager it’s important to me to know the personal feelings of my team so that I can support them when they have a less than great day. I don’t notice much of that at the moment and I’ve been thinking for days about how I can change that.

What do you miss the least?

Some days we distract each other a little too much at the office. I’m not always innocent about that either. I can tell by the fact that sometimes I can get my work done in less time than usual. But in the long run I would rather be in the office 30 minutes longer and have more of this interaction, because I think that these little interactions are like the salt in the soup for a good working atmosphere. Without them it is just too bland. And often good ideas come to you in these moments.

What is the biggest trap for you in the home office?

Since my two children don’t give me much scope to slide into traps anyway, there are none at the moment. But I know from my earlier home-office days that I definitely shouldn’t start a series during the break or even turn on the Xbox.

Did you find it difficult to discipline yourself at the beginning?

Nope. But that might also be because I’m from the individual sports performance sports area. Self-discipline is indispensable there. Just the chocolate on my table sometimes makes me weak…

What would the ideal working environment look like for you? Remote or office?

A combination of the two. I can imagine 2-3 days in the home office, but I think that for certain things real face-to-face communication is better. This is especially true for our weekly meetings and training sessions, as well as my moderation of in-house mini-workshops.

How much toilet paper do you still have in your house/flat?

At the moment still a whole pack, but I’m starting to worry, because I haven’t seen any for 10 days while shopping.

And how are you doing in the home office, Maik?

I’m doing pretty good these days. My wife, my children and I are healthy and fit, which is probably the most important thing at the moment.

My days are even more planned than before, which is more due to my living situation with little twins at home. The balancing act between project manager and dad has become much more difficult, since everything is now in the same place.

Fortunately, I am at least still in the situation to have a complete study. But of course, the door opens up here every now and then and my wife stands there with demands. And if you hear a child, crying in the backround, I won´t stay seated. This would not have happened in a normal office environment. Whether this is better or worse, I can only say after more time. But I’m definitely much more exhausted in the evening than before, because there’s no longer a commute between my two main jobs. That’s when I always slowly switched from one job to the other. Now it is immediately.

What was the biggest challenge/changeover in the home office for you?

To find a regulation with my wife that allows me to work in a concentrated manner despite having two children. This is something we are still negotiating, because for her it is really not easy to have two babies on her own.
Also some technical things. For example, I have to regulate my broadband transmission in the study differently, because otherwise I would notice my weak W-Lan transmission, especially in video conferences.

How does your working day look like now? Which things/tasks have remained the same? What has changed? Do you have new routines?

The workflow itself has not changed much. I still lead my daily meeting with the developers in the morning, even if now via video call. The funny thing is that even in the home office, the team insists that it’s a stand-up meeting, even though I didn’t insist on it. Apart from that, I still play a lot of solitaire on our Trello boards, and work hand in hand with the Marketing/Sales team I was sitting in the same room with before.

What has changed for me is that I feel I spend more time with the Trello board, since we currently don’t have a real board in the development office for the whole team. Also the amount of written communication in Slack has increased a lot. For certain things like mini-workshops I have to come up with solutions online. And I can work on a task undisturbed for longer.

But my breaks are different now. I take my lunch break a little later, because socialising with the team at lunchtime no longer exists and no one has yet asked for virtual meals together. From my 1 hour lunch break, I use 50 minutes for sports 3-4 days a week. My study also hides some fitness equipment. On the one hand I need this as compensation, on the other hand I need it to counteract the permanent sitting at the computer.

Well and I have here my Pezzi ball as an alternative sitting possibility. So I change between ball and chair every 60 minutes. And then every day there is a little bit of hopping around on the ball. I think, in the office I would get a strange look if I was fidgeting around so wildly.

What kind of equipment do you have at home?

I have a second 28 inch full HD monitor from Benq, Bose Bluetooth speakers (if the music needs to be loud), a very good Marshall Bluetooth over-ear headset (for video conferencing or if I want to block out outside noise), my company laptop, my company high end gaming mouse (I love it´s green lights), my death star table lamp that glows in the same green (nerd attack) AND the nightmare of all my office colleagues: I own a 1.5 kg high-end keyboard from the German company Klim with MECHANICAL keys. Every keystroke is as loud as on an old typewriter. I could never use it in the office. The keystroke afterglow I set to green of course.

What are the three things you couldn’t get through a home office without?

1. Loud music 2. Dark chocolate 3. Sports against eating too much dark chocolate