The employees of the software group SAP should only come to their offices if they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 3G rule applies to all locations worldwide, taking into account the local pandemic, reports the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (RNZ), citing SAP HR manager Cawa Younosi. In addition, the Group has extended the current home office regulations until at least the end of June 2022, according to which employees should work from home if possible. The group is thus fulfilling its duty of care towards its employees.
With the measures taken, SAP wants to protect its employees, customers and partners from a corona infection and prevent the virus from spreading further, writes the RNZ. Compliance with the 3G rule at the different locations is not monitored. The SAP management in Germany relies on the sense of responsibility of the individual employees “for the protection of all of us”, it says in a statement by the management to the employees. Here you trust the employees just as much as when observing working hours, explained Younosi.
Tests, vaccinations, home office
SAP provides free corona tests to all employees before entering the building. This is to ensure that no employee who could be infected enters a SAP office building. It cannot be ruled out that this measure could displease individual employees, but there are further options available with a vaccination and home office, writes the RNZ. Talks with employees were positive in this regard.
The employee representatives at SAP are behind the measures taken. The 3G rules are based on trust and employees could also stay in the home office if they are unsure and do not need to justify themselves, said Deputy Works Council Chairman Mathalie Boulay to the RNZ.
So far, the home office regulations of SAP were in effect until the end of 2021, but have now been extended in autumn and winter due to the current pandemic situation and possible negative seasonal developments. In Germany, around 90 percent of the approximately 23,000 employees at SAP are supposed to work from home, said Younosi. Only 3000 would go to an office a week.
Due to the pandemic, other large corporations had also restricted the regulations on access to the office buildings for employees and extended the home office regulations until 2022. Among them are Microsoft and Facebook. Under pressure from employees, Apple had also extended the home office regulations. In Germany, Vodafone had rushed ahead and offered its employees, regardless of the corona pandemic, to work from home in the future, provided that they want to and that is possible from the company’s point of view.