After the experience of working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, business software group SAP is embracing flexible working for its 100,000 employees worldwide.
An internal poll found that 94% of employees wanted to take advantage of more workplace flexibility, while about half of the employees thought of working one or two days a week in office in the future, stated the group, headquartered in Germany.
In an interview with a media organisation, Julia White, SAP's recently appointed chief marketing and solutions officer said, "It gives 100% flexibility to employees."
While it's important to know co-workers personally, White also believes that, as a single mother, she values flexibility that enables her to fulfill both her professional and personal commitments.
SAP, in an email to its employees, stated that it was "adopting a flexible and trust-based workplace as the norm, but not the exception."
Employees will be able to work from home, remotely, or at the office, and it will be possible for them to set a flexible schedule. The company will redesign its workplace to create more space for teamwork and collaboration.
SAP's decision to make flexible work its policy follows steps taken by some technology companies, including Facebook, to adopt remote work permanently, even after the ease in coronavirus lockdowns.
Its "pledge to flex" seeks to describe the range of choices expressed by the employees. While 16% say that they would prefer to work remotely, 6% plan to come five days a week to the office.