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Employees feel not sufficiently equipped for long-term home office

New survey from LEDVANCE analyzes the state of the (Corona-induced) home office and its impact on health, efficiency and equipment needs

Home office and its impacts

Almost every second employee in Germany that had to work minimum 30% of time in home office recently plans to continue working from home 80 percent of time or more, regardless of the developments around Corona according to a recent survey from LEDVANCE. As people spend more time working from home, the effects of not-alwaysideal equipped environments come to light much quicker: almost three quarters (74%) wish more health supporting equipment, while younger home workers even more strongly recognize the negative effects like tiredness or stress. 40 percent even think they could be more productive with a better setup at home. In turn, self-employed workers are better equipped for the long-term work at home and more satisfied with their situation. Besides the obvious must-haves, notebook and internet access, adequate lighting is seen as “not satisfyingly” implemented.

The freedom of working from home turned into a necessity over the last months to maintain operation for many businesses. Knowing that working from home will remain “the new normal” for longer than everyone expected, LEDVANCE wanted to re-assess what working from home means, what the current status quo is and where it may need improvement. As part of its representative survey in Germany, LEDVANCE covered two aspects: questions about general satisfaction and relevance of home office equipment as well as lighting-specific questions like the importance of lighting components.

Key findings include:

  • 44% of respondents plan to continue working from home 4 days a week or more.
  • Only 50% of the time in home offices is spent in a dedicated work room or work corner (65% among 50 - 60 years old participants). This applies mostly to male employees whereas women use kitchen or living room tables more often.
  • 74% would welcome more health supporting equipment form their employers and especially younger home workers recognize the negative effects of home office like tiredness and stress more strongly.
  • 40% of respondents think they could be more productive if they had better equipment at home.
  • Due to the higher relevance of home office equipment for their specific situation, self-employed home workers have a higher price willingness, but are already more satisfied and are better equipped.
  • Good light (anti-glare, tiredness prevention) and plug & play functionality are the top 2 factors for home office lighting.

Survey details

LEDVANCE conducted the representative online survey (regarding age and gender) among 500+ participants from Germany aged 25-60 years (gender evenly split) in September 2020. 90% of the participants are employees, 10% self-employed. Of them, 96% work full-time, four part time and all are doing at least 30% of work at home. 22% of participants have an automotive background, 18% are in healthcare/ finance/ insurance and 16% from IT/ data processing. The remaining 44% work in public service, real estate, consulting and trade, among others.

If you are interested in the full survey results, please send an email to .


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With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world's leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. Having emerged from the general lighting business of OSRAM GmbH, LEDVANCE offers a wide-ranging assortment of LED luminaires for a broad spectrum of application areas, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, traditional light sources, electronic components and light management systems. Based on an agreement with OSRAM, LEDVANCE will continue to use the trusted OSRAM brand for many of its products (SYLVANIA for the USA and Canada). Further information can be found at .



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