Working at LIS Logistische Informationssysteme AG can also be done differently: The Westphalian company does not simply want to return to the classic office routine even after the national obligation to work from home ended on 30 June, and is instead seeking out new methods: In the long term, it will be largely up to the software developer’s employees, in consultation with their respective superiors, to decide whether they work from home or from the company headquarters in Greven. There will no longer be a general obligation to be present in the office.
“Why force anyone back into the office when there is another way,” says Magnus Wagner, CEO of LIS Logistische Informationssysteme AG. The past few months in particular have shown that the work can also be done working from home – thanks to a motivated team equipped with powerful hardware. For this reason, LIS employees should be able to decide for themselves in the future whether they work from home, from the office or in a hybrid form from both locations. “At this time, we do not plan to have a fixed attendance requirement. The decision as to how many days the employee is to work in the office is coordinated with the respective supervisor and in consideration of the operational circumstances. There will not be a uniform, company-wide regulation,” says Wagner. Not every area of activity at LIS is equally well suited for mobile working. For example, thanks to modern structures, the technical department can already update entire servers remotely, but the maintenance of these still has to take place on site.
This new working frame has been in place since 1 August, so the majority of LIS staff had the opportunity to be vaccinated by then.
For the times ‘after Corona’, LIS AG is aiming for major changes. Wagner: “Now it’s a case of not just putting everything on ‘return’ but learning from the crisis period and making the job more flexible while maintaining output.” In addition to more working from home, an increase in remote work or mobile working is also conceivable in the future. “These working models will become more important, especially in our sector, the IT industry. If only to continue being perceived as an attractive employer, we would be well advised to meet the needs of our employees.”