Photo: Morten has had a lot of time freed up that he spends on his kids instead. (Photo: Thorkild Christensen)
Previously, Morten ate his breakfast in silence. He closed the door carefully behind him when he left for work so he didn’t wake his sleeping family. From his home on Møn, Morten has a 1½-hour drive to Danske Bank in Høje Tåstrup, and to avoid the worst of the rush hour he drove off from home at 6.30 to be at the office by 8.00.
But that is no longer the case. Morton is one of the many thousands of Danske Bank employees who have said yes to a cash subsidy of DKK 8,000 to set up a more permanent home office – and thus yes to a future with more working from home and flexibility during the workday.
A better employee and a better father
A working life without the commute but the freedom to plan his day has had a positive impact on several aspects of Morten’s life.
“I feel I am even more motivated in my work now, because I sense I am more involved in the decision-making. I have always been happy with my work, but the framework was very fixed before. I went to work in Høje Tåstrup, and deviating from that setup was difficult. Now I can decide where and when I work, and that has a positive impact on job satisfaction,” explains Morten, who says he also feels physically fitter.
He previously had some back problems caused by sedentary office work and the many hours spent in the car, but he has had no problems with his back for the past year.
“I never previously practised walk-and-talk meetings, so my work and life was very sedentary before. Now life is more active and dynamic. I live in the countryside, with a forest and the sea just outside my front door, and it is easy to take my AirPods along when the dog needs to be walked,” he says, and goes on to describe the great difference having no transport time makes:
“Three hours every day is 15 hours a week – and I now spend that time with my three children instead of sitting in a car. I am there in the morning when they wake, I eat breakfast with them and drive them to school and nursery before arriving back at my home office by 8 o’clock. For many years I felt I was not sufficiently present for them, but that has changed radically now, and I am all the happier for it. I have become a happier father, man and Morten,” he concludes.