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Working from home and mobile working: Ensuring safety and health holistically

Project number: F 2519 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2022-03-31


Even before the corona pandemic, almost one-third of German employees worked at home at least occasionally as well as from other places outside the employer's premises. Furthermore, during the last few years a "right to work from home" or a right "right to mobile working" is discussed in politics and practice. Initial studies indicate that working from home and mobile working allow many employees to improve their work-life balance. On the other hand, working from home and mobile working are also associated with the risk of blurring boundaries between work and private lives.

In the past, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) gained knowledge about good ways of designing working from home and mobile working. Questions related to working time organisation as well as the ergonomic design of the workplace at home or the information and communication technologies used for mobile working. The difficulties of occupational safety and health approaches in working from home or mobile working have also been highlighted.

This project will bring together findings from several units and departments within BAuA about various forms of working from home respectively mobile working. The aim is to provide recommendations on how it can be designed and managed healthily.


Unit 1.1 "Working Time and Organisation"

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