Fit for Future


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"Fit for Future" seeks answers to the question of what the consequences of changing conditions are for working at the University of Bern, and what the university must do today to ensure that it will still be attractive and competitive in 10 to 20 years. One of the special features of the method is that the topics are not predetermined, but defined by the participants in the workshop. However, possible topics include work locations, home office and new work, mobility, workplace concepts, human resources law, leadership, real estate management, health management, etc.

The first results will be available directly after the Syntegration workshop in June 2022. The workshop will produce an implementation-oriented strategy with an action plan.

No, "Fit for Future" is not intended to save staff, but to develop the right measures so that the university can meet the future challenges as an employer.

There will be no immediate changes to our daily work routine. In the medium and long term, however, it can be assumed that processes and working methods will change, at least in part.

The experience from the Covid pandemic shows that flexible workplaces, i.e. switching between office and home office, for example, is a need of many employees. It can be assumed that working methods and thus also the office infrastructure will change both at the University of Bern - as well as in other organizations. However, since not all activities have the same requirements for office workplaces and not all employees have the same prerequisites to work elsewhere than in the office, individual solutions will be needed at the university.

"Fit for Future" is not being done with the goal of cutting jobs or outsourcing work.

The university is one of the best universities in the world. It is so because it has talented and motivated employees. The university has recognized that work requirements are changing and that this change will accelerate. The university therefore wants to set the course early on so that it can continue to be attractive to good and motivated employees in the future.

The participants were defined together with the university management and the "Fondation Oroborus", which carries out the Syntegration. They are internal as well as external key persons who are subsequently also considered important for the implementation of the strategy or who can make a central contribution to the question due to their expertise.

All faculties and stands will be represented by at least one person at "Fit for Future".