With the new company agreement, Audi is taking the hybrid work environment to the next level
Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, September 12, 2022
- A high level of flexibility and freedom of choice for Audi employees with no fixed days to attend
- The components of the modernization plan are #Desk #Sharing and the creation of a modern working environment in the plant as well as generous equipment packages for mobile work for “Voice workers”.
- HR Director Xavier Ros: “We already had a high level of flexibility, now ‘Viewers’ can combine the best of both worlds – #workphone and #office” for each other.”
Audi is constantly driving the hybrid work world of the future within the company. On October 1, 2022, the company’s “Hybrid Working” agreement will come into effect at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites. A company contract provides the highest level of flexibility for employees. They are free to choose their workplace, there are no details about attendance days. Expansion of #desk #sharing, redesign of #office space and financial support for employees for #teleworking make mobile and face-to-face work more compatible.
Together with their manager, Audi employees can decide individually which days they will come to the office and when they will work remotely, as long as this is compatible with their work tasks. The law clearly does not provide a concrete explanation. This gives employees more freedom to find a working style that suits their lifestyle and work independently and flexibly.
The new “Hybrid Working” work agreement is a further development of the “Mobile Working” work agreement that has been in place since 2016, with which Four Rings has had great experience since then. “We already had a high level of flexibility, now ‘Viewers’ can combine the best of both worlds – working on the phone and in the office,” says Xavier Ros, Board Member for Human Resources and Organizational Management at Audi AG. »For us, the new company agreement is a logical step towards a mixed work environment. At the same time, it is an example of a corporate culture that is characterized by personal responsibility and trust and which we will continue to develop constantly in the future.”
The Chairman of the General Works Council, Peter Mosch (Ingolstadt) and his deputy, Rainer Schirmer (Neckarsulm), emphasize: “Hybrid working is a new standard in the world of work at Audi and heralds a new era for the four rings, which from them. All ‘Audians’ will benefit in the future. At the same time, of course, we think of the members of staff who cannot work from home because of their job. Here we are currently working with companies to develop new room concepts and simpler models of to work to improve the working conditions in the plants.«
Greater accountability to the team strengthens motivation and assets
With the University of St. Gallen, Audi has scientifically investigated the positive effects of simplifying work models. For the study, companies and researchers interviewed more than 1,500 employees from more than 100 departments. A key finding was that teams that made collective agreements developed a clear understanding of hybrid collaboration. Trust and commitment are more visible in these teams. “The sense of belonging and authenticity is increasing, and we were also able to measure the positive impact on diversity of attitudes and equal opportunities,” says project manager Carina Behrends from #Diversity Management at Audi.
At the same time, working together in the office is still an important part of corporate culture. Personal communication reinforces a sense of unity and allows creative ideas to emerge in shared exchanges. Audi is improving the technical and spatial conditions at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites in cooperation in a hybrid team. In the coming years, new work environments will gradually emerge, including modern creative spaces, meeting rooms, project corners, lounges and meeting areas for communication, networking and collaboration. The company agreement gives great importance to desk sharing, which Audi employees can voluntarily participate in. Instead of individual workspaces, co-workers simply share buildings. You can easily book a room or a table using a digital tool.
IT equipment packages and ergonomic #office
With generous equipment packages, Audi supports its employees on the path to hybrid integration. Audi offers an IT package for technical devices for mobile working for employees who can work remotely and would like to participate in desk sharing. In addition, these workers will receive a voucher worth 500 euros or temporarily up to 750 euros until June 30, 2023, with which they can purchase ergonomic office equipment for mobile working.
The company’s “Hybrid Working” agreement is the basic building block of the “common best” concept, which allows Audi employees to be highly flexible. The culture of trust and personal responsibility that lives at Audi is also the basis of modern work models such as job sharing, temporary solutions and sabbaticals, which are increasingly being promoted.
More flexibility also in #production
The “normal ideal” should also bring tangible progress to the “Audiences” who cannot work flexibly due to their work, for example to workers in production who are tied to the clock. The company and the works council are currently working on more flexible working structures in shifts, new room concepts for a more pleasant stay, more diverse offers in #gastronomy and easier access to the digital world of Audi in these areas.
In preparation for the Bits And Pretzels kick-off festival in Munich, the event “On the Road to New Jobs” will take place on September 25, 2022 from 9 am to 6 pm. At the Munich Design Offices Angazia Towers, Audi professionals and career enthusiasts Newbies like Laura Lewandowski discuss the possibilities and challenges of changing our working world.