Head of VW works council: head office has limits – better promote women
Mobile working and the home office should be kept for many VW employees after Corona – works council head Daniela Cavallo does not want to abuse the new flexibility. âMany find working from home to be a good thing,â she told the German News Agency of agreements to perform as many tasks as possible remotely outside of production.
A direct exchange would be good
However, you can feel the limits: âA lot of people make it clear that they would like to go back to the office and not only see their colleagues via video conferences, but also finally have a direct exchange again. Conversely, flexible work models should go into production.
Bernd Osterloh’s successor also worked intensively on other personnel issues. She believes that more can be done to promote women to the highest positions.
Too early to return to the office
Overall, they perceive the mood to be good, Cavallo said – especially after the difficult property price cycle a few weeks ago. At the same time, she stressed: âYou can tell that the corona pandemic is now kinda on the minds of the employees. After a year of exceptional circumstances, everyone wants to find more normalcy. Protection in the workplace remains a priority. VW offered its own early stage testing and vaccinated internally.
Cavallo believes that the demands of some employers and the considerations of Federal Minister of the Economy Peter Altmaier (CDU) to soon relax the tasks of the home office are still premature: âI do not believe that we should bring everyone back in the company shortly before the summer vacation. â Flexible and layered models are essential. But this applies: âAnyone who works from home all the time, needs more than a small laptop screen and a makeshift workplace. It is the employer’s obligation. “
After the pandemic: fewer offices, lower costs
Extensive solutions are needed for factory hall staff: “Even for production colleagues who simply cannot take their work home, work-life compatibility is a huge issue.” âAgile manufacturingâ should make the rigid layer system more flexible.
In Europe’s largest automaker, some changes in the world of work after the pandemic are expected to persist. âThe company definitely links the question of where we will be working in the future with a possible reduction in office space and cost savings,â Cavallo said. “From our point of view, renting office space alone would not be a solution.” Greater flexibility is generally possible. However: “In principle, it must be said that the decision to work or not in mobility is voluntary.”
More targeted promotion of women
Cavallo has worked at VW since his apprenticeship in the 1990s and has also been active at IG Metall for a long time. In her new role, she wants to do even more to promote female leadership talents. âOn the works council side, we bring this up over and over again,â she said. The problem is not so much the goals – at least a fifth of all managerial jobs by 2025 must be in women, as HR Director Gunnar Kilian last formulated, as HR Director Gunnar Kilian. 46-year-old Human Resources considers âcurrently appropriateâ. In some cases, however, there is still a lack of concrete implementation, looking at the actual number of promotions offered internally, for example.
âWe have to make sure that the appropriate female offspring is really recognized and encouraged,â Cavallo said. “For this year, for example, it has been established that the milestones set for the proportion of women in senior management can only be achieved with targeted measures.” As a result, promotions in this circle should initially be completely canceled so that the problem no longer arises. âOf course, we won’t allow that,â Cavallo said. “The women are there.”
Volkswagen executives must ensure that the proportion of women âalso from the lower levelsâ in their respective fields is increased, Cavallo said. “We have to stay tuned.”
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