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Schneider Electric creates global standards in refreshed Flexibility at Work policy

Rueil-Malmaison, France

06/10/2020

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  • Two work from home days become the global standard across the company
  • Country implementation to happen from January to June 2021
  • The refreshed policy empowers employees to make choices to manage their unique lives and work

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, launches hybrid working that allows employees to work from home (WFH) two days a week. Effective 2021, this option is applicable to roles that can be performed remotely, and it does not preclude eligible employees from working in office full-time if they prefer or need to.

The new global standard comes in response to employees’ feedback, a large proportion of which have stated to prefer a hybrid work model (mix of ‘Work from Home’ and ‘Work from Office’) in the company’s latest global employee survey.

“We live in a global, digital and ever-changing environment. Trust, empowerment and agility are more vital than ever in interactions amongst colleagues, partners and customers. At Schneider Electric, we call this New Ways of Working: our philosophy on the future of work for individuals and teams, reflecting the broader societal shifts while supporting continuous business performance and the unique needs of our employees”, stated Jean Pascal-Tricoire, Chairman and CEO at Schneider Electric.

On top of the 2 days / week WFH standard, the refreshed Global Flexibility at Work policy addresses hybrid work holistically, providing employees with mental health resources and training on best practices.

As the most local of global companies, Schneider Electric enables each country to determine which roles are eligible and other country-specific policy details, like digital tools or training requirements. Locally, the new standard will be implemented from January to June 2021.

“Our New Ways of Working assume flexibility as a given and is based on trust, empowerment and a culture that focuses on behaviors and results. They reinforce our reputation as a great company for great people, allowing our people to be at their best and strengthening performance, well-being, engagement and a greener footprint”, shares Charise Le, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Rooted in the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion and Well-Being global commitments, the hybrid model recognizes the need for more flexibility while also strongly valuing face-to-face connections to drive innovation. Schneider Electric’s multi-hub setup with global and local hub and satellite offices in key locations will serve as the anchor to facilitate an agile work-from-home and work-from-office cadence.

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