Working from home: A new status symbol?

The working life of millions of Germans is set to become more flexible after the coronavirus pandemic. Large companies, in particular, say they’ll continue to rely on the work-at-home phenomenon, which took off in March last year.

Software giant SAP will in the future give its employees complete freedom to work from home, on the go, or in the office. Julia White, the firm’s chief marketing and solutions officer, told the Reuters news agency that “we want to give our employees the choice.”

The DAX-listed group sent an e-mail to its roughly 100,000 employees on June 1, promising a “100% flexible and trust-based workplace as the norm, not the exception.” In an employee survey, 94% of workers supported the move, White said.

By making work more flexible, SAP is going one step further than many other corporations. Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, for example, say they’ll introduce only partial homeworking schemes.

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