Home office support These tips will help you keep your balance when working from home.

How do we manage the balancing act between work and leisure in our own four walls, and how can we work without feeling excluded or lonely?

In the following you will find ideas for optimal working at home and videos with specific movement exercises.

The suitable workplace

Just as in your office, you should feel comfortable at your home workstation. make sure that you clearly separate the work area from the living area. the workstation should have enough space for the laptop and the writing surface and be tidy. it must provide sufficient brightness from daylight or appropriate lamps and should be able to be adequately ventilated to ensure healthy indoor air.

The correct way of working

Since the familiar work structure cannot always be implemented in the same way at home, it is advisable to draw up an individual schedule. 1 to 1.5 hours of intensive work phases followed by 5-10 minutes of active breaks are suitable. These include, for example, business calls, information gathering, short stretching and movement exercises.

Remember to keep to your break times. how about a walk in the fresh air or a pleasant break on the balcony? also draw a clear line between working hours and the end of the day. clothes can also be used to draw an external line.

Tip: Take a walk or cycle for 15-30 minutes before and after working at home, and the symbolic way to work will put you in the perfect mood for the change between work and leisure.

Avoiding exclusion

Stay in touch with your colleagues or your team. regular telephone calls or video conferences allow you to stay in touch despite the physical distance and to exchange ideas, progress, successes, wishes or problems. short virtual team conferences are recommended always in the morning and possibly shortly before the end of working hours.

Don't be afraid to call your colleagues to find out how they are doing and even a short phone call will give you strength and motivation for this extraordinary situation.

On the website of the Center for Scientific Continuing Education you will find many other online offers for your home.

Managers receive tips on how to work successfully as a team in the home office.

Results of the home office survey

In the period from 13 April to 17 May 2020, 483 employees* took part in the survey on "Challenges and opportunities in the home office", which was compiled in cooperation and coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Unit, the General Staff Council, the Equal Opportunities Department, the ICMC and the BTU crisis management team. Many thanks to all those who actively participated!

In addition to the opportunities, the participants openly and critically named and evaluated the challenges associated with the home office. in order to provide practical tips, advice and, if necessary, even solutions for the aspects you have been named, the summary not only contains the results of the survey but also measures that will provide you with support through BTU offers.

Everything's upside down. When things get tough...

Working exclusively in a home office is a real challenge for many people, and home offices with children are often a contradiction in terms - and not everything is just a matter of organization! do you also miss the personal discussions on campus? do you simply need an ear for what's on your mind? BTU won't leave you alone in these turbulent times. we listen to you and are happy to help: 

Birgit Hendrischke (Tel. 0355/ 69-2324), Barbara Seide-Kutschik (Tel. 0355/ 69-3326), Holger Thomas (Tel. 0355/ 69-4499), Wolfgang Wiehe (Tel. 0355/ 69-2133), Corinna Bär (Tel. 0355/ 69-2199)

In addition, all internal advice centres as well as external advice centres will continue to be available for discussions.

Online offers

Healthy breathing and relaxation of the shoulder and neck area (online course)

This online course is aimed at all employees who want to reduce their stress level in the home office and specifically relax the areas of the body that are subject to stress. The virtual course is led by Ms. Kohlschmidt. You will learn important breathing techniques for regulating the heart rate and receive useful exercises for the shoulder and neck area. 

DATES

always 13.00-13.30

22.07.20, 05.08.20, 26.08.20, 09.09.20, 23.09.20, 07.10.20, 21.10.20, 04.11.20, 18.11.20, 02.12.20

All dates can be booked individually and do not build on each other.

REGISTRATION

The registration takes place under gesundheitsmanagement(at)b-tu.de.

Gymnastics at the workplace

For the time when you are online, the Hochschulsport offers online sports courses and brings the health offer "Gymnastics at Work" to your home office. The course schedule is valid on a monthly basis. BTU members can participate in the gymnastics free of charge; there is no accident insurance coverage through the accident insurance company.

University sport courses

For the time spent online, the Hochschulsport offers online Online-sport courses and brings them to your home office. The course schedule is valid on a monthly basis.

Full body workout with child

The video shows examples of exercises for a whole body training together with small children. each exercise serves as an inspiration and has to be adapted individually to the age of your child as well as to your own physical condition. if certain exercises are not feasible for you due to previous illnesses or operations, they can also be modified or omitted completely. all exercises are also possible without a child and form a good basis for home training. fun during the training and sore muscles the next day are explicitly desired!

Workout for a strong, pain-free back

With this video you can strengthen your back, mobilize your spine and prevent back pain without any aids and comfortably from home. for a strong and stabilized trunk, not only the back muscles but also the abdominal muscles are important. create a balance of your trunk muscles and perform the exercises regularly twice a week. if you have acute complaints or are unsure whether the exercises are suitable for you, please consult your treating physician in advance. And now have fun!

Gymnastics at the workplace

The University Sports Department and students from the module "Project Management in Sports" have made some videos for you about gymnastics at work - have fun participating!

 

Leisure ideas for at home

Tip 1: take on a new small task every day. how about spring-cleaning, for example? the brain loves to get things done and tidying up is very good for maintaining mental stability. especially when everything is uncertain outside - you can create some order in your own home.

Tip 2: try something new! or what did you do in the past on rainy days? A few examples- Sudoku, Puzzle, complicated handicrafts, programming, painting, baking, cooking, or learn a new language. Anything that's fun is allowed!

Audio stories for children up to 12 years Adventure Fairy Tale Knowledge Fantasy

The unaccustomed work in the home office is currently part of everyday life for countless parents. at the same time, the children have to be looked after and the household has to be taken care of. Age-appropriate radio plays create the necessary freedom for work, the household or simply the nerves.

Games for families without much effort

Fly balloon, fly

Number of players: 2+

Materials required: 1 balloon per player

Implementation:

Everyone inflates a balloon and throws it into the air as high as possible. all players have to cross their arms behind their back. the trick is to keep the balloon in the air as long as possible! how, that's up to you. whether you blow on the balloon or push it with your head, knee, shoulder, back, stomach, upper body or butt, that's up to you! only the hands have to stay on the back. who manages to keep his ball in the air the longest?

Watt winner

Number of players: 2+

Materials required: 1 rectangular table, adhesive tape, 1 cotton ball

Implementation:

Divide the table into two equal parts, like a ping-pong table, using adhesive tape Then form two teams defending their halves of the table The game starts when the referee has placed the cotton wool in the middle of the playing field.

FAST! FAST! FAST! Blow as hard as you can so that the cotton ball lands in the opponent's field. you get one point for this. the cotton ball is placed back in the middle and the game continues. if a team has five points, the table side is changed and a new round begins. the team that wins two rounds first is the winner.

Recycle Bin

Number of players: 2+

Materials required: 1 balloon, 2 large sheets of paper (newspaper, old poster), adhesive tape

Implementation:

On two opposite walls you attach a large sheet of paper - these are your "baskets" - to each wall, then determine the playing field (size depending on the strength of the players) and inflate the balloon.

Form two teams. at the beginning, throw the balloon as high as possible into the air in the middle of the field. try to grab it and manoeuvre it towards the opponent's basket. if you take more than three steps with the ball in your hand, you have to complete a task (knee bend, jumping jack).

To score a point, you have to touch the opponent's basket with your balloon, and the team that gets 10 points first wins.

Federslalom

Number of players: 2+

Materials required: 10 nibs (handicrafts or deco shops) or pieces of cotton wool, 1 stopwatch

Implementation:

Put the feathers one after the other at a distance of about 50 centimetres, draw the start line on the ground one metre before the first feather and the finish line one metre behind the last feather (marked with masking tape).

Slalom between the springs to the finish line without any of the springs moving. the referee gives the start signal and measures the time. if a spring does move, five seconds are added to the time. the fastest is the winner*.

Anteater squadron

Number of players: 2+

Required materials: 2 table tennis balls, 1 straw per player

Implementation:

Divide into two teams of equal size - then draw a start and a finish line at a distance of three meters. Each*r gets a straw. Put the table tennis balls on the start line.

Ready! Set! Go! Go, you "coatis"! Blow as hard as you can into your straws to get the ball to the goal.

When the ball is at the finish line, you run back as fast as you started, pass the ball to the next player or start again in the next round of puffing.

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