"Strengthening collaboration despite permanent work from home" - a study on the CIB success formula

In September 2021, CIB introduced the 4-day week with a flexible home office model for all employees. As a pioneer in Germany, the impact of this working time model on the company is being scientifically monitored by Munich University of Applied Sciences.

At the same time, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) conducted another study focusing on "Strengthening collaboration despite permanent work from home" by students, accompanied by Prof. Sarah Diefenbach and her colleague Klara Schuster, as part of a teaching practice project of the Chair of Business and Organizational Psychology. The results were presented last week.

The aim of this study was not only to quantify the effects of working from home with a 4-day week, but also to understand how this change affects collaboration and employee satisfaction.

Naturally, CIB was happy to undergo this scientific investigation. This is in line with our constant efforts to scrutinize and improve ourselves. We not only wanted to know what we do well, but also what we can do even better to ensure the well-being of our employees!

About the study

Representative groups of CIB Group employees who were willing to share their experiences and opinions were selected for the study. This cross-section of the workforce made it possible to obtain a comprehensive picture of how the flexible remote working model is perceived by employees and what impact it has on their work and private lives.

Flexibility and more freedom

The results of the survey were very encouraging. Despite initial concerns and challenges when switching to the new remote model, it became clear that CIB Group employees are coping well with working remotely or from the office on their own schedule. They particularly emphasized the flexibility and freedom that this model offers them.
The ability to organize working hours efficiently and better meet private obligations contributed significantly to our employee's satisfaction.

Another important aspect of the study was the impact on cooperation.

Despite the physical distance created by working from home, employees still feel a strong connection with their colleagues.
The use of digital tools and virtual platforms played a crucial role in maintaining and even improving communication and collaboration.

No difference in productivity between remote working and working in the office

The study found that there are no significant differences in productivity between mobile and office-based working. Effective calendar management and transparent availability proved to be key factors in strengthening team collaboration and increasing productivity.
Careful time planning and clear communication channels help you to work just as effectively from home as in the office.
This finding underlines the importance of a structured working environment and an open communication culture for the success of remote teams.

Findings summarized

  • No productivity differences between remote and office
  • Well-being and work-life balance good in the office, even better when working from home!
  • The focus should remain on individual flexibility with regard to the workplace
  • Identification with CIB and intention to stay remain strong
  • Team dynamics remain strong even in a virtual setting

Negative effects to be resolved

Despite the positive results, negative aspects of the flexible remote working model were also identified. On the one hand, it can be difficult for employees to mentally detach themselves from their working environment and establish a clear separation between work and leisure time. This can lead to increased stress and a deterioration in mental well-being.
On the other hand, employees working from home tend to work even when they are ill instead of recovering sufficiently. This can lead to illnesses being carried over and affect health in the long term. It is important to recognize these negative aspects and take measures to promote the health and well-being of employees.

Conclusion: The CIB model with flexible remote work is a complete success!

Overall, the results of the LMU's scientific study underline the positive effects of the flexible and individual division of mobile working and working in the office on employee collaboration and satisfaction. By continuously reflecting on and adapting its working practices, the CIB Group can ensure that it meets the changing needs of its employees and creates a dynamic and supportive working environment.

Further scientific support for the CIB #4DayWeek

In addition to this interesting study, our 4-day week model is being scientifically monitored and evaluated by two doctoral students in cooperation with Munich University of Applied Sciences and under the direction of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Here, too, we are looking forward to revealing results that will help us to further improve the conditions for our employees.

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