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New round of “MORE” project kicks off 500 Bosch executives test flexible working models

  • Less physical presence at work, more focus on results
  • Project aims to establish flexible work culture that takes family obligations into account
  • Director of industrial relations Kübel: “Flexible working models encourage creativity”
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  • June 06, 2013
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Stuttgart – At Bosch, the global supplier of technology and services, five hundred executives around the world have the opportunity to test flexible working time models. The aim is to allow them to gain experience working away from their usual place of work. To this end, participating executives will either work from home or on a part-time basis for a period of at least three months. Their newfound spare time will enable them to tend to their family responsibilities or pursue their personal interests. The Mindset Organization Executive Project, MORE for short, aims to demonstrate the benefits of flexible working time models. At the same time, executives taking part in the project will serve as role models to help eliminate reservations about flexible working models. Ultimately, Bosch aims to promote the development of a flexible, family-friendly work culture. The freedom to determine one's work schedule and location is an important tool that helps maintain a healthy balance between professional and personal needs. Just recently, Bosch introduced guidelines for a new flexible and family-friendly work culture (1).

“A flexible work culture provides room for creativity, it promotes a sense of satisfaction, and it's a source of motivation,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH, regarding the continuation of the MORE project. “Our working time models offer many associates good opportunities to work independently of a specific location, without the hustle and bustle of the office. People can just as well have good ideas on the patio or while jogging on their lunch break.” According to Kübel, part-time work can also offer opportunities for a creative break during the working week, or can help associates to simply recharge their batteries.

Positive feedback from executives
The project was initiated in 2011 to raise executives' awareness of the need to strike a balance between professional and personal life. The first time the project ran, some 150 executives – mainly in Germany – tested a range of working models for a period of three months. After the project had drawn to a close, around 80 percent of participants decided to keep their selected working model. “It was the right decision for me,” says Pascal Oestreich, a project manager at the Bosch Diesel Systems division. When he began working from home on Wednesdays, the change took some getting used to, both for Oestreich and his associates. But overall, the new working model was widely accepted. “My quality of life improved as a result,” says Bernhard Krauss, a marketing manager at the Bosch Power Tools division. After taking part in MORE, he chose a part-time model and now generally has Mondays off to spend time with his family.

Voluntary participation, high level of interest
As a result of high demand, the project was expanded in 2012 to include more participants. Now, the project's second round is being launched and has been open to another 500 executives around the world. Individual participants can decide themselves when to begin the voluntary test phase.

Work culture as an engine of innovative strength
For Bosch, diversity is decisive for the company's innovative strength. This is why work culture is a central building block of the company-wide diversity strategy. Flexible working models help meet the different needs of associates across national, divisional, and cultural boundaries.
These models make it possible for associates to reconcile their individual career goals with their lifestyles and personal aims. In each phase of their lives, Bosch associates should have the best possible opportunities to apply their interests and skills to their work at the company. In Germany, every fourth female executive already works on a part-time basis. Overall, eight percent of Bosch associates in the country work part-time.

More information on the internet:
Balancing career and private life at Bosch www.bosch-career.com
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/13CtHHK

(1) See press release of March 11, 2013: "Bosch adds to its family-friendly working culture“.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI8154 - June 06, 2013

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