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Alternating teleworking and mobile working


Alternating teleworking and mobile working are new forms of work to make it easier to reconcile work and family.

Alternating Teleworking

According to the law governing workplaces, tele-workplaces are computer workstations set up permanently by the employer in the employee’s private quarters, for which the employer and the employee have agreed a weekly working time and the duration of the set up.

A tele-workplace is deemed to be set up by the employer only when the employer and the employee have determined the conditions of teleworking in an employment contract or agreement, and when the necessary equipping of the tele-workplace with furniture and materials including communication facilities has been provided and installed by the employer in the employee’s private quarters.

In the last few years, Leibniz University Hannover has introduced permanent alternating teleworking with more than 30 workplaces. As a rule, applications for alternating teleworking can be submitted for the following personal reasons

  • Rearing of children and adolescents
  • Care of dependents
  • Reduced performance caused by impairments due to age, sickness or convalescence
  • Disability with recognised impairments


Mobile Working

As opposed to teleworking, mobile working can be carried out anywhere. Mobile working is currently being tested for employees of Leibniz University. Employees can be released by their superiors from the obligation to be present, and work from another place e.g. home, their parents’ house etc.

More information on alternating teleworking