What challenges do employees face in the home office and how might we improve self-management?

Future Workscapes

student project | future concept | animation movie, concepts | 2017

Challenge

Flexibly shaping working hours makes jobs more attractive to employees. A popular but not yet common concept is working from home. What challenges do employees face in the home office and how might we improve self-management?

Approach

At the beginning, in the problem-finding phase, interviews were conducted with experts as well as practitioners. How do they work out of office and which problems are they facing? In the subsequent evaluation, five problem areas have been identified. These form the basis of the resulting concepts as opportunity areas.

The basis of the project was the discussion about the megatrend "New Work", expert interviews about successes and failures in the integration of new working concepts as well as interviews with the target group. The insights gained were clustered and problems analyzed. Finally, theses and opportunity areas were formulated.

Result

In the selected concepts, solutions were developed for the lack of communication at home and for preventing prejudice against colleagues working at home: The lack of office presence is compensated by the Office Twin, which transfers the working rhythm from home to the office. Halo is a silent representative in the office: it signals the start of work by lighting up and is also a means of communication. The Virtual Frame allows you to switch from the home to the office during breaks which allows for more frequent interactions to occur. The results were implemented as an animation movie.

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