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COVID-19 has accelerated the trend towards flexible and mobile working. However, the ability to work from anywhere is not only promising for many companies in times of crisis. The implementation of flexible work structures and virtual collaboration also promises a competitive advantage in the long run.

A successful “Work anywhere, together” (WAT) strategy, however, requires the examination of different aspects such as corporate culture, national and international compliance requirements and duty of care obligation, talent management, HR processes and technologies.

Our cross-service team of experts can accompany you on the way from the development to the implementation of your individual WAT-strategy. As always, a " one size fits all" approach does not lead to the desired results, but rather the (WAT) strategy needs to take into account its specific business model, the strategic corporate objectives and the corporate culture to a particular extent.

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What is it about?

It is literally about the flexibility to work from anywhere. This goes far beyond working from home. Depending on the company type and the desired corporate culture, this can mean to hire an employee in country A who permanently works from country B. It can also mean to work temporarily from a different location for private reasons.

Why is it important?

Experience indicates that a successful working from anywhere strategy can be an ideal complement for suitable companies to their local corporate culture and can have a strong positive impact on top-line revenue growth and bottom-line margins.

You can increase your attractiveness as an employer by providing your employees the highest level of autonomy to decide where and when they work. This can help you find, retain and motivate the best talent. At the same time, you can decrease tremendously the time and costs for commute, permanent office spaces and add a positive impact on climate change.

What can be next?

  • Discover: First discover if “WAT” makes sense for your company, your business units and your employees. Understand the concrete business value it adds to your organization and understand what it takes to mitigate the infrastructure and risks associated with delivering successful “WAT” model.
  • Define: Develop design concepts and assess viability and impact of each approach to support work anywhere.
  • Design: Formulate a detailed future state design and transition plan, considering and planning for impact on key functions and stakeholder groups.
  • Deploy: Implement a well-thought and balanced approach with focus on compliance and employee experience.  

How we can support you?

Getting from discovery to successful deployment requires inclusive and effective teaming of multiple experts covering design thinking, business modeling, change management, project management, transformation expertise, technology expertise and multiple compliance areas. At KPMG we have already established a virtual “WAT” Team that comprises all the skills and competencies that you need.

Now it's up to you. No matter if you require holistic transformation support, support in single steps above or an answer to a specific question, we are here to help with our inclusive “WAT” Team.

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