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25% of Berlin Knowledge Workers wish to give up email, Stuttgart and Frankfurt are still skeptical of virtual teams

These regional findings are taken from our recent independent study “The Way we Work” – where 3019 Germany knowledge workers were surveyed.  Below is a summary of the key points

Communications Tools

Overall, email is still the predominant communications tool for Knowledge Workers (KWs) in Germany.  But there are regional pockets of difference; 25.7% of KWs in the federal state of Berlin would like to remove email entirely and would like an increased focus on other tools – audio conferencing (30.4%).

In the Stuttgart area – email is alive and well.  65.6% of respondents wish to continue using email at the current level – and only 6.3% want to remove it completely from the workplace.

Virtual Teams

For many teams – operating virtually has become the norm – it is no longer a requirement that they sit together physically in one place.  Nearly 60% of knowledge workers in Cologne work in virtual teams, in Berlin 50.1% of respondents are working in virtual teams, closely followed by Munich at 48.7%.  However there is a lower level of virtual teaming in other areas of Germany with Frankfurt (45.8%), Stuttgart (41.8%) and Dusseldorf (40.5%).

The top benefit of virtual teams is stated as creativity, especially in Hamburg and Dortmund.  Dusseldorf reports that the possibility of a quick decision is the most attractive trait.

There is a split in the perception of how effective virtual teams are.  Only 42.2% of Stuttgart and 41.6% of Frankfurt knowledge workers believe that virtual teams are as effective as office based teams.  This is in contrast to Berlin where 50.6% responded that working in a virtual team can be very effective.


Our study also showed that the traditional office is also changing – but with some regional differences.  On average, knowledge workers spend around 25% of their time outside a traditional office environment with Frankfurt (80%) and Stuttgart (81.2%) spending most time in the office.

All cities agreed that a central, physical workplace is less important than before and want to spend some degree of time outside of the office.

The reported regional differences are very interesting.  We could point to the corporate landscape in the regions – for example, the financial sector report lower levels of remote working and this is reflected in the figures reported by Frankfurt, the leading German financial center.  Berlin has a higher population of cultural and IT workers and again could have an impact on responses from that geography.

What do you think? We would love to hear from you!

This blog is an extract from the German language press release.  To read the release, click here



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