Wintershall Dea, Europe’s leading independent natural gas and oil company, has announced that the company will establish mobile working as standard practice even after the pandemic, according to a press release.

Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Dea, said, “We aim to achieve a mix, a hybrid working model, for when the pandemic is over. We call it Flex Forward at Wintershall Dea. Our team has proven over the past months that we can work together extremely efficiently and effectively over digital channels. All of us here have taken one big step forward together. And we have shown that we can be flexible.”

The main concept behind the Flex Forward concept is so that every team in the company defines two core working days on which all its members work at the office. During these two allotted days, the use of time should mainly be used for collaboration and dialogue. For the remaining three days, it is down to the employee where he/she works from.

This concept envisages offering all employees flexible ways of working. However, this initiative does depend on what job definition one has. For example, employees who work at technical facilities in the field and those who work in the office are likely to have differing schedules.