MAN Truck & Bus
For the first time in its history, MAN has embedded sustainability into its corporate strategy. The key topics of the 2021 Sustainability Report are not only decarbonisation and the circular economy, but also people and culture. Inside, it says that “our aim is to create a motivating and diverse culture and working environment that promotes our MAN team spirit of today and tomorrow”. One of the key building blocks is New Work. Digitalisation and Covid have changed the world of work – at MAN too. Greater autonomy and an improved work-life balance for employees promote job satisfaction and a positive corporate culture.
To create attractive and flexible structures, almost 4,600 MAN Truck & Bus employees in Munich can work remotely for the long term, with immediate effect. This is the result of an agreement between the company and the works council, which outlines the New Work Mode. The truck and bus manufacturer has a long history and this, within the framework of its Corporate Responsibility, positions it as a modern top employer that considers the different needs and wishes of its employees.
of MAN Truck & Bus in Munich work permanently mobile.
It has been shown that cooperation between different locations still works well in most cases
The possibility of working remotely in the long term applies not only to those working from home in Germany, but also abroad. More precisely, for up to 20 days a year in almost all countries of the European Union. This means that in principle, employees are free to choose their workplace, by agreement with their manager. They are simply obliged to spend an average of one day per week working in the office. On one hand, this regulation is intended to give employees as much freedom as possible, while on the other it will encourage meaningful face-to-face encounters – for example in project meetings, HR appraisals or staff meetings.
“It has been shown that cooperation between different locations still works well in most cases,” says Arne Puls, board member responsible for HR and Director of Labour Relations at MAN Truck & Bus. “Now we have agreed on a binding set of rules that enables modern, autonomous working. The new model goes hand in hand with the management culture we want to foster. A management culture that relies on mutual trust rather than control.”
Employee representatives at MAN have also welcomed the new regulations outlining New Work: “This brings valuable work flexibility to the majority of my colleagues,” says Karina Schnur, chair of the works council. “We have it in our power to achieve the best possible balance between work and personal and family needs – a modern and future-proof model.”
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, MAN had given its employees a great deal of freedom to choose their workplace with its hybrid work model – which proved especially helpful during lockdown. The aim is to extend New Work and the principle of trust-based working hours to the sites in Nuremberg and Salzgitter. It’s a cultural shift at MAN, giving employees the freedom and flexibility of modern and autonomous working. And a management culture that encourages trust, motivation and identity.
We have it in our power to achieve the best possible balance between work and personal and family needs – a modern and future-proof model.