Offers for flexible working

Flexible working

Flexible working boosts productivity by giving employees the opportunity to choose the most suitable place to work, for example, at a home office in order to complete tasks requiring a high level of concentration. Employees are also able to use travel and waiting times more productively as part of flexible working.

Flexible working also increases job satisfaction and improves personal well-being through a strong work-life balance. Appointments with a doctor or mechanic are easier to reconcile with work compared to rigid working models. Finally, flexible working makes it easier to participate in volunteer work in associations or daytime leisure activities like outdoor sports, as employees can catch up on work in the evening.

From 1 January 2015, Swisscom will expand its model of flexible time management with an offer for purchasing holiday. This model allows employees to purchase up to 10 additional days of holiday leave, thus increasing their individual flexibility.

Great potential through mobile working and acyclic commuting

In recent years, Swisscom has studied the benefits of mobile working in depth, for example in the study “WorkAnywhere”. During the reporting year, it shifted its focus to gaining an overview of the status of mobile working and acyclic commuting in Switzerland. On a company level, Swisscom has created the phase model FlexWork. It divides mobile working into five phases, while accounting for the infrastructure and culture of each company. A representative survey based on this model conducted among service- and knowledge-oriented companies and administrations shows that: among 25% of companies surveyed mobile working is the exception, 35% are currently in the process of introducing it and for 16% mobile working is already an established part of the working day. Only 2% of the companies surveyed are what are referred to as network companies, where mobile working is already the norm. Mobile working is somewhat more common in large enterprises than it is in small and medium-sized companies. However, there is a much wider range of implementation among SMEs, as this group also has the greatest trendsetters for mobile working.

On an individual level, around 54% of the Swiss workforce has the opportunity for mobile working, Around 1.35 million people in Switzerland are currently engaged in mobile working “very frequently” (11% of around 4 million workers), “frequently” (12%) or at least “occasionally” (11%). Around 54% use our broadband connections for mobile working, i.e. around 750,000 people, and approximately one million employees regularly take advantage of this opportunity. In Switzerland, a total of around 42 million work days are completed at a home office.

The following services support mobile working:

  • Conferencing services: the traditional conferencing services. These can now be supplemented with functions such as screen sharing for group presentations.
  • Managed Communications & Collaboration: the communications solution that is integrated into the personal workspace. It allows for web and videoconferencing, screen sharing and joint editing of documents, and also includes chat functions and information on the presence status.
  • Vidia: a high-resolution videoconferencing solution, which can be used on any available screen.
  • Remote access: remote access to the company’s network. This service enables employees to work with company documents and data regardless of their location or the time.
  • Providing information to and raising the awareness of customers and the wider population: In 2014, Swisscom expanded its partnership with WWF Switzerland. It is now the main sponsor of the WWF “Ratgeber” (advisor) app and the WWF Footprint Calculator. With the advisor app, the WWF and Swisscom are heading in a new direction as “partners for the environment”. A special section within the app illustrates Swisscom’s commitment to the environment and society and is evidence of the aim of promoting a sustainable lifestyle. The Footprint Calculator is a simple method of calculating your personal ecological footprint and provides personalised tips on how to live more sustainably in daily life.