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No more 9-5: Puma hopes hybrid work will power U.S. growth

Puma is offering U.S. staff flexibility over when they work and a pandemic-driven redesign of its new North American headquarters, hoping to attract the people the German sportswear company needs to keep up its rapid expansion.

Puma, the sportswear company, adopted a hybrid model, with most people working three days in the office and two days at home, though it varies by department and specific job. 

Moreover, the meetings will only be scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to give people a chance to start earlier or later to avoid the rush hour.

Puma hopes the new facilities and a combination of office and remote work will help the company attract staff. 

As part of the office redesign, the company increased space, added partitions and created video conferencing rooms for employees to connect with colleagues working remotely.

Bob Philion, president of Puma's North America business said:

"Flexibility is key. At the end of the day, our employees understand that we're a product marketing company. We have tangible things that we touch and feel: shoes and apparel."