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Hansgrohe Sets New Benchmarks in the Realm of Mobile Work

At Hansgrohe, Teams Decide: Personal Responsibility and Trust in Employees Form the Basis of Work Structure in the Post-COVID Period
Schiltach, July 2021. The exceptional situation during the COVID-19 crisis has boosted mobile working and now provides new opportunities for collaboration. But even years before the lockdowns and government mandate to work from home, individual working models could be found in many areas within Hansgrohe. Depending on the personal situation and needs – for example, after parental leave or if caring for family members – there are individual rules governing working hours and location that could be found with the management. Positive experiences in recent years and the use of laptops and the corresponding software at many workstations have made it easier, particularly during the pandemic, to switch to mobile working where possible worldwide. Now the sanitation manufacturer based in the Black Forest is going one step further at all of its locations.

Who Comes into the Office on a Regular Basis? Who Tends to Work from Home?

Not everyone can or wants to work from home; while some would always prefer to work in the office, others require a certain degree of flexibility in terms of location and hours. “We allow teams to collectively decide how best to organize collaboration in the future for the benefit of our customers and all of the company’s departments,” explains Frank Semling, Hansgrohe Director of Labor. There will be no fixed requirements or rigid rules. Each team will make the decision together on how to best structure internal processes and availability. “Our employees are independent and experienced enough to know when they need to be in the office and which tasks they can complete efficiently from other locations,” says Frank Semling, Member of the Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE.

Trust, Responsibility, Flexibility – Everyone Benefits

Mutual trust forms the foundation of the new Hansgrohe guidelines for the self-organization of all teams. “Each of us values the flexibility and freedom to choose their work hours and work environment, which is why we encourage everyone to assume responsibility and identify the best solution for the team, individuals, our customers, and Hansgrohe,” says Frank Semling. Still, Hansgrohe will continue to be a location of personal contact and collaboration, with its different locations in Germany and around the world. Hansgrohe is currently planning and organizing new office spaces that will have very little to do with conventional office atmospheres. This method of working will even be rolled out on an international level, with the necessary adjustments made based on cultural, legal, and structural requirements in each country. “This is new territory for us and we’re well aware of the fact that this will be a learning process occasionally requiring feedback – as a basis for any adjustments and optimization necessary,” emphasizes Frank Semling. “It’s only in this way that we can create the necessary flexibility and increase our attractiveness as a first-rate employer in our region and within our industry for potential applicants.”

About the Hansgrohe Group – Setting the Beat of Water. Since 1901.

​​​​​​​With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, design and quality within the bath and kitchen industry. Founded in 1901 in the Black Forest, the company gives water form and function with its faucets, showerheads and shower systems. The 120-year history of the company is marked by innovations, such as the first hand-held shower with multiple spray types, the first pull-out kitchen faucet, and the first wall bar to hold a hand-held shower.The company holds more than 15,000 active property rights. The Hansgrohe Group stands for long-lasting quality products and for responsibility towards people and the environment. Sustainable production of resource-conserving products is central to the company’s business activities around the globe. With 32 subsidiaries and 22 sales offices supplying products in more than 146 countries, the globally active company in the sanitary industry is a reliable partner to its customers in all regions of the world. The Hansgrohe Group, its brands and products have won numerous awards, including more than 600 design prizes since 1974. The products of the Hansgrohe Group are found worldwide: on renowned cruise ships, in luxurious 5-star and boutique hotels, in international metropolitan cities, in extraordinary spas, exclusive bathrooms of lodges and luxury villas, public facilities, as well as in countless private homes. The Group’s high quality standards are ensured by five wholly-owned production facilities: two in Germany, one each in France, the United States and China. In 2020, the Hansgrohe Group generated a turnover of EUR 1.074 billion. It employs more than 4,700 people worldwide, about 60 percent of whom work in Germany.


Anke Messerschmidt
Manager Corporate Communications