Search for Co-Leaders: Stars that do not Try to Outshine Each Other but Work Together like the Gemini
At SAP, we believe in teams, in colleagues complimenting each other, in family and work balance and in taking things to the next level.
As of 2018, we have therefore decided to post in Germany essentially all management positions as “Co-Leadership”. This means that we encourage internal applications in part-time and by candidates that are willing to share the responsibility via our co-leadership program.
We believe that this new program designed to improve job experiences further builds on employer attractiveness which for SAP is already industry-leading in Germany when you look at our independent Glassdoor rating.
SAP is pioneering this concept in Germany because the feedback we receive from our employees greatly matters to us. They have been very clear on this topic. Alternative work time models are becoming ever more popular, and we take pride in making working hours more flexible for our colleagues.
But how do we make it work, how do we match prospective “twins”? In today’s world, there is an app for everything. Over the course of the year, we are planning to introduce a tool to connect colleagues interested in Co-Leadership, and to find colleagues to share a potential new job with.
We expect the program also be particularly attractive for colleagues that are parents, who wish to work part-time and remain or become a manager. Our objective is to allow all managers to continue in their role when personal circumstances change. And to give the development opportunity to become a manager despite working part-time.
Career development is possible, regardless of part-time or full-time.
It is the newest measure in a long line of initiatives we have spear-headed to make modern working lives easier and to give back to our colleagues that give so much dedication and hard work to our company.
We envision that our co-leadership program will put us in a position to help our colleagues in an area where they have appreciated SAP’s leadership in the past. But it is also going to be helpful to tap into the potential of those highly-qualified individuals who can lead together as a team in the true spirit of a gemini partnership.
Source: SAP, Cawa Head of Diversity & Inclusion Germany