Work-life balance, eagerness to return to office crucial, Xing finds

Xing's "Corona Barometer" shows importance of New Work on labour market
08 June 2020
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The corona pandemic has dealt a radical blow to the world of work in a short space of time. Issues such as home office, flexible working hours and a better work-life balance shape everyday life, according to the "New Work Corona Barometer" survey by the Xing career network in Hamburg. Around 2,200 members of Xing in German-speaking countries were surveyed in May about their work situations and job preferences in future. Hamburg News presents the results for Germany.

70 per cent of respondents work at home

The majority (70 per cent) of the surveyed Xing members worked partially or exclusively at home in early May. However, more than half of Germans (51 per cent) were looking forward to working in the office again, according to the survey. Around 91 per cent of respondents missed their colleagues and social contacts in the office the most. Around 66 per cent appreciate the improved separation of work and career while 41 per cent noted the improved work equipment. Some 37 per cent said they were more productive in the office than in their home office.

Graph of corona barometer
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Graph of corona barometer

Rising importance of New Work

At the same time, 76 per cent of respondents said the working world and working methods have changed in recent weeks. This was most noticeable in more flexible working hours (approx. 40 per cent). However, the same percentage of respondents had difficulties separating work and private life. The crisis has prompted employees to question their job situation and redefine their work preferences, the study found. More than half of respondents in Germany believe that work-life balance has become more important followed by job security (46 per cent) in second place and flexible working hours (44 per cent). As the comparison of German-speaking countries shows, Germany came second in terms of short-time working. Austria had the highest number of short-time employees and Switzerland had the lowest. 

Corona barometer: regular surveys planned 

A total of 2,196 Xing members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland took part in the survey. Most respondents were so-called white collar workers or people in occupational groups focusing on business, consulting, administration and engineering, professions with artistic or creative activities as well as health care, curative education and social professions. The survey for the "Corona Barometer" will be held regularly from early June.


New Work SE

Founded in 2003 by Lars Hinrichs as openBC, the career network was renamed Xing in 2006 and New Work SE in 2019. The company has been listed on the stock exchange since 2006 and is headquartered in Hamburg. New Work SE has around 1,900 employees in several cities including Munich, Vienna and Porto.