Online study: home office and higher education institutions

CHE Consult is taking the current situation as an opportunity to investigate, via an online survey, whether and how higher education institutions (HEI) enable their academic staff and their technical and administrative personnel to work outside the office. The study looks at different types of work outside the office and focuses on home office particularly. As a result, we differentiate various procedures and regulations depending on the type and size of the Higher Education Institution. The results of the study will be available for download on our website during the summer.

The survey is aimed primarily at HR managers and pays particular attention to the procedures that were already in place before Corona. The subject matter is,

  • how to deal with overtime, time recording or communication routines,
  • whether service agreements already comprise home office regulations,
  • how freely members of the higher education institution may use their home office and
  • whether they can determine the working time in the home office flexibly and spontaneously.

The study also examines HEI-specific factors that can make it difficult or impossible to work from home and whether it is more personal or institutional reasons that lead to home office either not being offered or an existing option not being taken up.


Against the background of the corona pandemic, we also investigate which factors the higher education institutions experience as challenges to a greater or lesser extent and ascertain which measures taken they consider as useful to the extent that they should be established on a permanent basis.


The study has been online since 4 May 2020 and will be available until mid-June 2020. So far, around 70 responsible persons from all types of higher education institutions have already taken part in the survey.


If you yourself or your institution would like to take part as well or if you have further remarks, please contact elisa.himbert(at)



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