What is SMART Work?
Our SMART Work program describes adaptable work models that deviate from the usual office or production work. In most cases, this involves flexible scheduling of working hours and/or a choice of work location. The focus is not only on individual flexibility but also on increased efficiency and productivity resulting from greater freedom and self-determination. We offer our employees individual flexwork options that are tailored to the individual’s case and consider the entire scope of company requirements. Individualized approaches are especially important because a typical workweek varies by country, and we take into account labor regulations in each country. In addition, individual consideration means that it is not only our office employees who can take advantage of flexible working models.
For employees in production, for example, part-time models are an option. We are pleased that, with the introduction of our SMART Work program, we are not only responding to our employees' strong desire for more flexibility and balance of private and professional life, but are also reacting as a company to current issues.
Every job with us is checked in advance for the following options, so that we can discuss the individual options together with our candidates in a completely transparent manner as early as the hiring process:
Employees can flexibly adjust the start and end of their working day.
Employees work part of the workweek at a location other than their assigned work location, for example, from home. Which work locations are permitted depends on local regulations.
This involves splitting a full-time position between two people, with both job holders responsible for the success of the entire position.
Part-time work in which employees temporarily or permanently reduce their working hours, typically working fewer hours per day or fewer than five days per week, and are assigned a smaller scope of work duties.
Employees reduce the length of their work week and perform all of their job duties on fewer days per week while maintaining the same workload. Because this model presents unique challenges, it is recommended that a trial period be defined first.
All work tasks can be performed outside the office workplace, usually from home or at a project site. There are two different types of remote work: either employees live near the company site and can easily travel to the site if necessary or at the request of their supervisor, or they relocate their residence temporarily or permanently to another region.