I admit it. Since the beginning of the Corona era, we have also treated our headquarters rather stepmotherly. Why should we, when most people in the “new normal” prefer to stay in their home offices? After all, employees often feel they are more productive at home and don’t want to miss out on the benefits of a work-life balance. At the same time, however, they long for their beloved colleagues and the social life in the office.
But in order for the journey from the farm in Brandenburg, as in the case of our team leader Manja, or as a mother of two small children, as in the case of our Head of Onboarding Julia, to be worthwhile, companies have to design the office in such a way that, on the one hand, productivity is possible and, on the other, a place of creative and social interaction is created. In my opinion, this hybrid work paradox, as described by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, can only be tackled together. Top-down decisions only create frustration when the needs of individuals are ignored. For example, we decided in a long joint process how we want to collaborate in the future.
If you want to know how this went: Julia has summarized our New Work Conclusion 2021 very nicely in a transparent blog post.
On the other hand, it’s again about creating occasions that make it worthwhile for employees to make the trip to the office. Our free biweekly massages usually bring together a lot of Mashies, as do our monthly karma lunches and team events once a quarter. In addition, our team spirit is fortunately such that many colleagues enjoy spending time together outside of work and therefore initiate get-togethers of their own accord, such as our irregular regulars’ table or joint culinary excursions into Berlin’s gastronomic scene after work. The prerequisite for this is, on the one hand, that the corporate culture is prepared for this in advance, and on the other hand, that HR and management in particular make these occasions possible.