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This Company’s New 2-Sentence Remote Work Policy Is the Best I’ve Ever Heard

Siemens's new remote work policy is a master class in emotional intelligence


As Covid-19 rages on, more and more companies are making the move to remote work. The newest member of the club: Siemens.

Headquartered in Germany, Siemens is one of the largest companies in the world–a member of the Global Fortune 500 with over 380,000 employees. You probably know Siemens for its electronics or appliances, although the company is also a leader in multiple industries including transportation, renewable energy, and medical equipment.

At first glance, Siemens’s recent announcement doesn’t seem very exciting. Yes, the company is adopting a new model that will allow employees worldwide to work from anywhere they feel comfortable “for an average of two to three days a week.” And yes, this is a permanent standard that extends beyond the current pandemic. 

But it was the next part of the announcement, direct from incoming CEO Roland Busch, that really stood out:

There is so much good here, but I’d like to emphasize two points:

1. Focus on outcomes rather than time spent in the office.

2. Trust and empower your employees.

Put together, these two points make up a brilliant management strategy founded on emotional intelligence, the ability to make emotions work for you, instead of against you. Let’s examine why they’d prove invaluable to any company.

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