What there is for you to consider when working outside the office.
The term "home office" is on everyone's lips - but what is often meant is mobile working, which is practiced by many companies, also to enable more compatibility. We have compiled a brief overview of the differences between the two and the regulations that need to be observed in each case.
Home office (also "telecommuting") and mobile working - in many companies there is confusion as to what exactly is meant by these terms and what legal regulations are derived from them. In the case of a permanent home office, you work at a fixed workplace outside the company, for example in your own home. The Workplace Ordinance applies here: the home office or teleworkplace must meet the same legal requirements in terms of occupational health and safety standards as the company workplace. Therefore, the employer must equip it completely at his own expense, from the office chair to the monitor.
What many companies practice is mobile working by definition. With mobile working, your employer provides you with a laptop, tablet and, if necessary, a smartphone, so that work performance can be carried out from different locations, i.e. while traveling, on the train, in a hotel or even at home at the kitchen table. What is important is not the location, but the accessibility. Therefore, the workplace ordinance does not apply here, because your employer obviously cannot assess the safety of your kitchen or café chair.
If you are unclear about the conditions of your work outside the office and the possibilities of setting up your mobile workplace, it is best to speak openly with your employer. You can also contact the works council and trade unions.
As a Germany-wide point of contact for information on all aspects of modern working time arrangements, the FOM University has set up the "Zeitbüro FOM" and is available as a point of contact for you.