With the start of the second corona wave, a petition made the rounds at Coop in September. Office workers demanded that they be allowed to do their work at home. Coop boss Joos Sutter (56) personally cited the employees at the headquarters in Basel. And gave a lecture.
According to those present, the air was thick, the conversation was characterized by distrust, like them «NZZ on Sunday» reported. Working from home contradicts the corporate culture of Coop, the boss made clear in clear words. Sutter subliminally accused the employees of just wanting to make themselves comfortable at home.
In front the boss, in the middle the employees, behind them their superiors
For the sake of their own health and that of their families, employees with office jobs preferred to do their work at home. Therefore, around 70 younger employees had signed the petition in advance – and were summoned to Basel two mornings by the Coop boss, including their superiors.
It then played out as follows: “The CEO is at the front, the home office advocates sit in the middle, with their superiors at the back. It gets heated quickly. When the employees counter the CEO, he gives a lecture and makes it clear who is in charge. Home office remains prohibited. “
The employees were subliminally accused of using Corona as a pretext for their own purposes to push through more flexible work models. Apparently, there was little understanding in the executive suite for the differences between employees at the front and those in the office. Sutter relies on compulsory attendance and does not want any special regulations.
On request, Coop’s media office later explained that office workers were also expected to show a certain degree of solidarity within the company: “Around 90 percent of our employees work in sales, logistics and production. Home office is generally not possible there. “
However, the ban was short-lived. Since the Federal Council issued a corresponding recommendation in October, home office is no longer prohibited at Coop either. Most of the employees at the head office are now working from home again. The retail giant employs around 90,000 people. (kes)