5000 Employees Of SAP Rebel Against Mandatory Work From Office Rule


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Feb 04, 2024


German enterprise software major SAP witnessed an internal workforce rebellion over scrapped remote work flexibility with over 5,000 staff threatening to resign instead of complying. Recently issued compulsory on-site work guidance from April fueled the outrage.

SAP’s European works council termed the company’s sudden about-turn unreasonable after encouraging location agnostic policies so far. But CEO Christian Klein insists campus co-location remains invaluable for cultural continuity, on-the-job mentoring and productivity vis-a-vis pure virtual means.

5000 Employees Of SAP Rebel Against Mandatory Work From Office Rule

Seeks Balance Towards Hybrid Models

In its official statement, SAP said evolving industry best practices and internal learnings are steering the hybrid strategy recalibration to balance remote and on-site expectations. The tech company was among early movers piloting progressive routines during the pandemic.

But post-2022’s macro flux, technology employers globally moved decisively towards increased physical attendance linked to incentives or repercussions around promotions, compensation reviews among others.

Workforce Backlash Brews Over Coercion Claims

Details of SAP’s attendance monitoring or enforcement actions remain unclear currently. But perceptions of organizational rigidity and location-based discrimination against employees unable relocating brew resentment.

Staff also feel whiplashed after multinational adaptations enabling work-life flexibility amidst external disruption. They now fear cultural erosion and falling workplace loyalties over time due to suppressed morale.


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