The number of cases is rising in many places. What is the motivation behind your plans for after the pandemic?
Motter: We haven’t only just started making these plans, we’ve been working on them for months. After the initial shock of coronavirus we discovered that many tasks can be done while working from home better than expected. This is true of individual activities, but even collaboration worked really well after a brief settling in period. On the other hand, physical interactions are still important for team spirit and shared ideas. Which is why we told our logistics specialists not to wait until the end of the pandemic and asked them to suggest how they would like to work in the future.
Wagner: Most colleagues don’t want to work entirely from the office or entirely from home. They want the freedom to connect their professional and private lives in a way that suits them. A lot of them also tell me that they miss their office mates or their team. They want to be the ones deciding how collaboration continues.
“To work at the office or from home? Almost everyone wants to do both!”
How much will people work from home after coronavirus? With a new works agreement, Volkswagen is making preparations for the much discussed “new normal”. The first divisions, including Group logistics, are coming up with customised solutions for their future collaboration. Simon Motter, head of Group logistics, and works council member Dirk Wagner talk about hybrid working and the cultural shift.