Freedom and separation when working from home

For almost 10 months now, Horyzon has been more or less completely working from home. How is the team doing and what challenges does it face? In a series, our employees give an insight into how they experience their time at home. In the second part, Mattias Ruchti, program coordinator for Haiti & South Sudan, as well as communications officer, gives an insight:

"Being able to work from home is currently not possible for many employees in Switzerland. Their work cannot be done from home and requires physical presence on site despite the pandemic. It is now a very privileged position to be able to say that, for me, working from home means above all more flexibility and freedom.

There is no more commuting on crowded trains, consequently there is more time for a round of jogging in the morning or over lunch. But I can also go shopping at a time when I avoid larger crowds, for example.

On the other hand, working from home also means more active communication and stronger boundaries. Approaching colleagues and taking time for a digital coffee break, for example, are essential for maintaining a good team atmosphere, even if they don't replace spontaneous exchanges in the office on a one-to-one basis.

When work and free time are so close to each other, it's also important to keep the boundaries between them as clear as possible. Otherwise, there is a danger that everything will soon revolve around work. But my cat "Bailey" and my books make sure that it doesn't come to that ;-) »

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