We are living in a changing world. Pandemic changed our lifestyle and workplace. Many have now got used to working from home. The workforce has a strong desire for more flexible models. The job market of the future is shifting towards digital transformation.
In the month of December 2020, a global change of work has started. Within a few days, the corona pandemic at the beginning of the crisis forced millions of employees into the home office. Many have now got used to working from home. Employees and companies alike have come to appreciate the benefits. In many places, even after the pandemic, there is unlikely to be a way back to a five-day office week that has been typical for decades. A number of companies have already promised their employees more flexible working models for the future – some go further and want to establish the home office as the new normal in the long term.
This can be seen particularly in the IT industry. For example, Europe’s largest software company, SAP, which gave its employees the option of up to four home office days per week before the pandemic, is trying to increase flexibility even further. “For most SAP employees, it doesn’t matter where they work from. If the job does not necessarily require being present in a certain location, the employees have all the freedom to choose their location, ”says Cawa Younosi, who like the group’s human resources manager in Germany is responsible for around 25,000 employees. The IT company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) goes a little further. At the US company, whose German branch in Böblingen employs around 2,000 people, the home office is generally declared the new standard place of work for most employees. If the job allows, employees should in the future always work from home if they don’t necessarily have to be present in the office. According to the HPE, you must agree to this change in advance. In the course of the concept, the offices are also to be optically redesigned – to become places of “encounters and exchanges,” as it is called. “So you go there primarily to take part in discussions, team meetings, workshops, training sessions or celebrations with colleagues, customers, and partners,” says an HPE spokesman. You know from employee surveys.
SAP HR manager Younosi sees it similarly and argues in the DPA interview with the increased expectations of young talents on the job market. “While many companies before the pandemic may have had concerns as to whether it could work if someone regularly works from a completely different location than the office, the matter is now clear: Yes, it works for many professions.” After the positive experiences in the pandemic have a company in which home office is generally possible, but “no more arguments when he says to a talented employee”.
The workforce has a strong desire for more flexible models. According to a survey by the consulting company EY, four out of five employees who have previously worked regularly in the office want to spend at least part of their working hours in the home office in the future. Pandemic changed our lifestyle.