Bye bye, Presence culture Mobile work becomes the 'New Normal' at Siemens

Präsenz-Zeiten, wie hier am Siemens-Hauptsitz in München, sollen das mobile Arbeiten künftig nur noch „sinnvoll ergänzen“.
Presence times, as here at Siemens headquarters in Munich, will only complement mobile working in the future.

A resolution of the Managing Board states that mobile working 2 to 3 days a week is to become the worldwide standard at Siemens with immediate effect. This is also to be accompanied by a new understanding of leadership: In the future, it's not presence in the office that counts, but the result.

Siemens wants to make mobile working a permanent standard beyond the pandemic. A corresponding concept has now been approved by the Managing Board. The goal is that all employees worldwide should be able to work mobile on average 2-3 days a week at all times, "whenever it makes sense and is feasible".

The Corona crisis and "social distancing" have shown that working from any location offers many advantages and is possible on a much larger scale "than originally assumed". In addition, worldwide surveys among Siemens employees have confirmed the desire for more flexibility and individual solutions for the workplace.

Mobile working expressly refers not only to working in the home office. In consultation with his or her manager, the employee should choose the place of work where he or she is most productive. This also includes, for example, co-working offices. The presence times in the office should complement mobile working - i.e. no longer dominate from now on.

"Mobile working at Siemens has always existed, but now we are going one step further. The basis for this forward-looking work model is a further development of our corporate culture. This is also associated with a different management style that is oriented on results, not on presence in the office," explained Roland Busch, Vice President and Labor Director of Siemens AG. "We trust our employees and empower them to shape their own work to achieve the best possible results. With the new way of working, we're motivating our employees, while at the same time increasing the company's performance and strengthening Siemens' profile as a flexible and attractive employer".
A project team consisting of employees from Strategy, Human Resources, IT, Siemens Real Estate and the business representatives had developed the "New Normal Working Model" during the Corona Pandemic. The new working concept affects more than 140,000 employees of the Group at over 125 locations in 43 countries and applies with immediate effect. The rights of employee representatives in the various countries would "naturally be respected".
With the new work model, Siemens hopes to remain attractive in the competition for rare talents.  Companies such as Microsoft and Google have long been operating on a flexible basis.   "The "New Normal Working Model" fits seamlessly into our concept for the future of work, which aims to develop new ways of mobile and digital collaboration. The 'New Normal' also strengthens our ability to attract and retain the best talent for Siemens and to increase diversity in our teams," said Jochen Wallisch, Head of Industrial Relations & Employment Conditions at Human Resources at Siemens.

Managers will receive specific training to implement the new way of working.