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Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues are mastering working from anywhere in times of Corona... this time with: JP!

JP, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (with your children)?

JP: The days are very well planned and almost like a working day in the office. Do you remember? In the past? When we were still in the office...

With kids? With us, everyone has at least one task in the household - and together they do it quite well.

  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast for everyone
  • 8:30 a.m. the kids do their chores (table and dishwasher)
  • 8:45 a.m. the kids go out into the garden - just as the way to school would have been in the morning
  • 9:00 a.m. I go to the basement office and the kids start with their school tasks and their morning program
  • 12:30 p.m. is lunch break and we eat together
  • 1:30 p.m. we continue for all and we are back together for dinner

When my family needs me, I set teams to absent, but in urgent (and all other) cases I'm still easily accessible - so far, this works great.

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

JP: Working from home is much better than I thought. My main concern was that the kids can't separate it well: "Why am I there if I can't be with them then?

But that works out great. The kids have good genes...
Tip: Have lighting not only behind you, but also in front of you / above you. Otherwise you are so dark in video conferences...
And if you long for the office as much as I do, you can simulate the second floor here

What can you improve on?

JP: My table is too high for a normal chair. It's good for sewing respirators, but it doesn't fit a normal keyboard very well. So I need a really good gaming chair. Let's see what the Easter bunny brings.

Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

JP: On top of it is definitely team office Outfit

And finally: Are you more of a desk crew or a couch crew? 

JP: I'm part of the desk crew, otherwise the kids would probably work more on the computer than I do.

Thanks, JP!

Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues are mastering working from anywhere in times of Corona... this time with: Nina Ennekes-Maier!

Nina, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (with your children)?

NEM: Much more stressful and even more precisely planned than already - in order to do justice to both my professional tasks and the work of a "substitute teacher", I juggle between the - which feels like 100 - daily calls and uploading the many school assignments for my kids. But I allow myself the luxury of sometimes going running for an hour at 6:30am or taking a yoga class in the evening. Regardless of the current situation, the flexibility of being able to do some things outside of the office hours helps me a lot.

I really miss the canteen! Instead, at lunchtime I now hear "Mama, I want something special, creative, not always the same". Since it has to be vegan and gluten-free for my daughter, quite challenging 

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

NEM: For all colleagues with children: prioritise both professionally and privately/school and consistently ignore chaos. General: WFA does not necessarily have to mean "work freely always", so plan breaks and pay attention to your physical and mental health!

A big THANK YOU at this point to the colleagues who have improved our technical requirements for the company-wide WFA so successfully and at short notice, really works very well!

What can you improve on?

NEM: More participation in courses of our great gym team of the TURNHALLE - it's great how fast they have realized such an extensive online offer! Eating less chocolate would also be good...

Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

NEM: Definitely comfy look!

And finally: Are you more of a desk crew or a couch crew? 

NEM: At the moment I would really like a desk, alternatively I put a mini table in my bedroom.

 

Thanks, Nina - you have a great view out of your window!

 

 

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues are mastering working from anywhere in times of Corona... this time with: Conrad Pozsgai!

 

Conrad, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (with your children)?

 

CP: Not much different from the office, except that I usually manage to have all meals with my Family. In the morning I usually have a short stand-up with my teams and every evening the same thing with my management colleagues. In between there are usually many meetings and spontaneous phone calls.

 

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

 

CP: Since our son is still quite small at 20 months, he does not yet fully understand why I am there but cannot play with him. So every morning I say goodbye, go to my home office and try to stay there. I also make 1-2 calls outside in the fresh air every day!

 

What can you improve on?

 

CP: My chair and my Wi-Fi!

 

Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

 

CP: This varies depending on the day.

 

And finally: Are you more of a desk crew or a couch crew? 

 

CP: Definitely a desk!

 

Thanks, Conrad!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with: Sandra Prinzenberg!

 

Sandra, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (with your children)?

 

SP: My everyday life with the whole family & WFA can best be compared to "agile working" - and probably that's why we are all doing very well together.

 

Especially in the week after the Easter holidays was agility was required. Friday, March 13, was the last day of school for our two children and we thought that we are doing quite good with the homeschooling by now. We were very happy with it.
But during the Easter holidays all schools thought about many technical innovations and changes. So teachers, students and parents started intensively practicing new portal functions, video calls with the class and teachers, teaching video downloads, daily homework uploads, weekly schedules and presentations. There is no "weekly plan" - even the school has moved away from it and has become very agile over the last week, all video school lessons are communicated on short notice in the morning. Teachers call us spontaneously - to hear how it is going. I am very curious to see if this will continue after the homeschooling period.

 

So we are still well advised to be agile! 

 

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

 

SP: Always look on the bright side of life!

 

The first week after the Easter holidays has provided further variety. Routine wouldn't be my cup of tea either. If you want to know what to do when the main fuse blows at 6 a.m., you can't get it back in again and you don't have electricity, just ask! Because without electricity there is no wifi and no home office - but until the first Webex meeting I was able to manage it (and also managed to keep the freezer from defrosting...)!

 

In WFA I also work regularly in the evening - the kids are sleeping, and only laundry is waiting... However, it's really an advantage that you can drink a cold white wine, rosé or beer at home on the computer. In the first weeks of the "Corona home office", I didn't use that at all - a real learning 

 

What can you improve on?

 

SP: In any case, I notice that from week to week things are getting a lot smoother and I've gotten used to WFA. In fact, I think we all feel that we are working much more/longer and I feel that this is very useful in the current situation, but I don't think it is possible to keep it up forever.
If one would always work in WFA, I would certainly have to improve the "office equipment" at home.

 

With the relaxation of the corona restrictions, the children and I have extended the radius of the residential area and games in the neighbourhood. We can only recommend this! There are really great "places & new ways" to discover. We found a public meadow with a slackline, different areas with climbing trees and cross-country paths for bike tours in the evening. There you can keep the minimum distance very well!

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or rather team comfy look?

 

SP: More team office outfit (friday look) and team camera-on team!

 

Do you belong to the desk crew or couch crew?  

 

SP: I would say "table crew" (a mix between a child's desk and a dining table - always different).

 

And by the way, I am also in the crew "cooking as fresh as we possibly can" (vs. delivery service)!
In the week after the Easter holidays I went to the butcher's - with a mask (you have to get used to that now). And here too, something new was waiting for me: the 24-hour butcher. What that is: a machine from which you can pull sausages like from a cigarette or drink vending machine. Next week I might try it out - but only if it works contactless.

 

Thank you, Sandra. It was nice to get an insight into your "new" everyday life!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with Doreen Dambacher!

 

Doreen, how does your everyday life in the WFA look like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much? Are you a good teacher or is your child happy to go back to school soon? 

 

DD: Which version do you want now?! I try to answer as openly as possible what my everyday life with child and work in WFA looks like.

 

After all these weeks in the new situation, at least we have found the new rhythm. I do not have a long journey to the office anymore (about 2 hours), but some additional TO DO's: Home schooling, home working, home cooking etc. And to be honest, with children you don't always have everything under control. So I just take every day as it comes: one day everything is going great, the other day everything is different and chaotic.

 

The homework tasks reach us daily via email. Then it depends on the day how my little one is able to works through it. In the second grade, of course, he still needs guidance and so we are working together on his homework. Our son doesn't always like it when we play the teachers. Sometimes the pencils fly through the air or there are discussions. #keepcalm 

 

We start the day with a breakfast (on bad days we don't though), then the first call with the office, from 10 a.m. on a short instruction for homework (and the possibly late breakfast). And at noon we have time together again with a lunch snack. The calls in the afternoon can usually be planned flexibly and the currently increased operational business can be handled by the team. We currently have a lot of new questions or topics that we are working on. Yes, of course, I often switch on my laptop in the evening and work a little more.

 

The new way of doing one's job online and virtually is already working technically very well with LP. THANK YOU! Unusual and new were the first virtual consulting sessions, which for us HR people usually only took place in a personal and direct conversation. So now I advise my female colleagues on the subject of maternity leave or parental leave exclusively virtually. But even that works out really well and you still see each other over the camera. But I really miss the direct contact to the team and colleagues.

 

Unfortunately, I can't completely separate myself spatially in my job. I can't just close the office door and concentrate on my job during the day. I am always available for the family - sitting in the middle of the living area - and that is definitely exhausting at times.

 

It's great when I start my free time right after work. We have discovered many new areas in Ingolstadt and are much more on the move with our bikes than before. Only recently we have flown our kite again, we spend a lot of time in the garden and organize a supply of books again and again, because our son is a real bookworm right now. So it was a nice surprise when my colleague sent a book box with books from her children. These are the special Corona Moments 

 

What lessons did you take with you from your first week in WFA? Tips for colleagues (especially with children)?

 

DD: I often take half a day off and thus straighten out the double burden. I'm in part-time work with 80% anyway. Let the kids work off their energy and be a child again. Not too much pressure with the homework. Prepare the food together, everybody helps. We decide together and discuss daily: what's on today, what do we cook, who does the vacuuming, who takes care of what, what do we do after work.

 

Perfect household? #notreally #legoeverywhere #doesntmatter - and very important, never forget the Windows+L keys #smallchildrenshands. Otherwise our kids will be doing the video conferencing (that would be a cool idea #bringyourkidstowork2.0).

 

What can you improve?

 

DD: Increasing my sitting posture on my non-existent office chair and my own quality time!

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

 

DD: More comfy but never in sweatpants 

 

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

 

DD: Diningroom desk.

 

Thanks Doreen, for your open answers!

 

DD: Thanks, stay healthy!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with: Nico Winkelhaus!

 

Nico, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (with your children)?

 

NW: See photo. And my wife keeps telling me, "Work from anywhere but not the home office!" 

 

Fortunately, she is currently on parental leave and takes over the majority of the childcare. Which, with three small children under the age of five, is a big task. After Corona, I will award a medal to the childcare facility inventor.
It is important for the children to create clear time structures for everyday life, e.g. to organise a morning circle themselves. And for exercise, games and fun when the weather is really bad: "Just Dance Unlimited" on the Xbox with Kinect, e.g. at real.de or saturn.de

 

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

 

NW: Cable ties or Disney+. 

 

What can you improve on?

 

NW: Cable ties and Disney+. 

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or rather team comfy look?

 

NW: Comfy look. Why iron shirts?

 

Do you belong to the desk crew or couch crew?  

 

NW: Desk. When I sit down on the sofa, like right now, my Taliban boys immediately come and want to writ44evbi!!nÜsbcää#sdxvhtzdnbbdasifhdaef8z83b

 

Thank you, Nico! We hope childcare is reopening soon again ;)

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with Olaf Briese!

 

Olaf, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much? Are you a good teacher or is your child happy to go back to school? 

 

OB: Like before Corona, my day starts with a look at the news and social media world, breakfast and - if things go well - some sports. Since I don't have to go to the city and there's still peace and quiet at home, I sit down at my notebook around half past seven. Especially important for me are the regular morning update calls with Sandra and the other team leads in our department and with the newsletter team #bestteam.

 

So far I have shared the dining table with my daughter Paula in the morning. The day is certainly full of meetings, so it's really like the PAYBACK office, except that I just sit and don't have to walk back and forth between "lake" conference rooms. In between, I help Paula with questions about school or cook some lunch, at least on the days when my wife goes to work.

 

As a teacher I am probably not as good ("Papa, Mrs. H. explained it quite differently"), so we are all happy that she is allowed to go to school for 3 hours a day since Monday. This will give her and our day a little more structure again, which was very difficult to achieve during the entire home schooling period. She is also happy that she can now meet a friend again. I have moved with my WFA office into another room and gave up the dining table, which also provides relaxation for the others. To spend so much time together over such a long period annoyed all three of us.

 

What lessons did you take with you from the past weeks in WFA? Tips for the colleagues (especially with children: How do you master the double burden between WFA, home schooling and house hold)?

 

OB:

 

  • An extra monitor is so important.
  • So is the PAYBACK ESSZIMMER!
  • Frequently block times in the calendar for childcare, exercise, eating or just to be able to work off some stuff. And somehow try to create a structure with fixed school/work/playtime periods.
  • #ahashtagisnotalwaysasolution 

 

What can you improve on?

 

OB: Visit my colleagues virtually from time to time. In the office I like to visit the others or you meet in the coffee kitchen. I really miss this spontaneous informal exchange in between!

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

 

OB: Jeans and t-shirt or sweater - as always. Sweatpants only for sports!

 

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

 

OB: Before it was the dining room, now I am part of the desk crew. I need space for the monitor, notebook, coffee cup, telephone, headset and various cables. And it is way better to sit in a real chair than on the sofa!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with Nadine Polte!

 

Nadine, how does your everyday life in WFA look like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much? Are you a good teacher or is your child happy to go back to school? 

 

NP: The first weeks were not easy. From one day to the next we were together as a family in our apartment all day long instead of at the office and school. Each of us had new challenges, a different rhythm and last but not least different needs due to the situation. In addition, I had to deal with an immense amount of work due to the sudden need to regulate Corona topics and my own ambition to perfectly balance job, family and household. Quite soon it became clear that it would not work that way. Our usually always relaxed serenity and good mood was shaken again and again, we reacted - rather untypical for us - increasingly annoyed. The solution: I convened a "family council" (eye-rolling quote from my daughter: "Oh mom, you with your HR stuff"), in which everyone brought to the table what is important, who needs what and how the situation can work for each individual. And that helped: With a lot of understanding for each other, but also with rules and clear agreements, we have now settled in well and have - despite WFA and home schooling - our relaxed family life back.

 

And not only that: my 13-year-old daughter has suddenly and miraculously developed into a largely structured and disciplined teenager and does all school things on the "mebis platform" (which doesn't crash every day anymore) completely independently, I don't have to worry about anything.  She is also in regular contact with her class in zoom conferences and with her friends at "house parties", so she is emotionally balanced ;-)

 

Now I can concentrate on my work very well and mostly undisturbed. In the team it works great, we have adapted our processes and procedures to the new situation, use our daily webex calls for coordination and information exchange, but also for lunch or the "HR hump day". This way we stay in close contact as a team.

 

What lessons did you take with you from the past weeks in WFA? Tips for the colleagues (especially with children: How do you master the double burden between WFA, home schooling and house hold)?

 

NP:

 

  1. Get a wifi repeater! During the first days our wifi went down regularly when 3 people were online at the same time. With the amplifier it works much better.
  2. It helps to have a family that is enthusiastic about cooking: there is something deliciously cooked or grilled almost every day. If not, I get something to eat at one of the many restaurants in Schwabing.
  3. Always change locations within the apartment. The new views relax me while working. And in the evening I really shut down the notebook and pack it away, otherwise the "switching off" doesn't really work.
  4. Go jogging in the morning before work or take part in Ulis HIT courses online - the perfect compensation for the lack of exercise in the WFA.
  5. If the grumbling and ranting from the teenager's room about the amount of school material becomes too loud, take a short break if possible and go for a walk in the park with the annoyed teenager, listen and take them in your arms. Then it usually works again :-)

 

What can you improve on?

 

NP: Accept dust bunnies as new roommates and overlook stains in the shower and sink.

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or more of a team comfy look?

 

NP: Of course team comfy look!

 

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

 

NP: Desk! And sometimes balcony table :)

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with Thomas Falkenberg!

 

Thomas, how does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much of a strain on your nerves? Are you a good teacher or is your child happy to go back to school? 

 

TF: Our Romy is in the first grade, Mathis is in the first year of kindergarten. This combination is not perfect in the current situation, because Mathis needs more attention and doesn't really understand that the rest of the family has to work/learn and that he needs to deal with himself sometimes.

 

The reason why things have been going so well so far is that my wife can (and must) use her flexitime account and thus takes over 80% of the home schooling, kindergarten and household. The moments when we were in calls at the same time can probably best be described as a mixture of stand-up comedy and Armageddon. The teacher makes an effort with emails, dropboxes, video instructions, worksheets etc. - which works according to the circumstances, but hopefully will lead to a better digitalization in schools in the future.

 

Since the flexitime will soon be used up and the childcare facility for our children is still closed, it will soon be even more exciting for us. The part-time option is nice to have, but it there is too much work and I believe it wouldn't really make a difference (except for salary sacrifice).

 

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks in WFA? Tips for colleagues (especially with children: How do you cope with the double burden between WFA, home schooling and household)?

 

TF: My tip: Keep or build on your sense of humour and at the same time lower your expectations. The quality of schooling may suffer, but that is far less serious than if the family is breaks apart. It's also great that the company and the colleagues don't mind when a child hammers on the keyboard or you have to go away for a short time (pro tip: don't forget to remember that)!

 

The online "lunch circles" that our kindergarten started this week are currently very popular. The kindergarten teacher reads stories to the children and all the children can meet, at least virtually. The children really miss playing with their peers.

 

The children's media consumption has generally increased (Disney+ came in quite handy) - by the way, last week our TV broke down, which was a real disaster during this time. Luckily Media Markt delivered a new TV on time and the PAYBACK points are already on the account ;) After 4 days, the old TV was suddenly worked again. My wife claims that I had planned this, but that is only speculation. Does anyone need a TV?!

 

What else can you improve on?

 

TF: I always plan to use the TURNHALLE 3.0 offers more often (also with the kids), unfortunately I often have meetings at these times and I haven't found a good way to reduce them yet. As a result, I move extremely little during the day and drink too little (water) most of the time - on the other hand, I go jogging more often late at night when the kids are sleeping, which is good for me.

 

And finally: Are you team office outfit or rather team comfy look?

 

TF: Definitely team comfy look, although I wore a button-down shirt last week. But that irritated the colleagues a bit.

 

Are you more part of the desk crew or sofa crew?

 

TF: Since I'm sitting at my computer from time to time in my private life, I luckily have a well-equipped workplace with desk, chair etc. - This is definitely worth an investment if you have the space at home.

 

Many thanks, Thomas!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master Working from Anywhere in times of Corona... this time with the Family Kleinfelder!

 

Marion and Markus, How does your everyday life in the EFC look like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much of a pain in the neck? (With children: Did you possibly even accept the part-time offer and if so, how does it work? Are you good teachers or are the child/children complaining? Are they happy when they can go back to school?)

 

We both feel well, still happy to see each other every day, but we miss the colleagues, the office chair, the canteen... Our daughter has been in homeschooling since the lookdown. She is 16 years old and self-employed, so we fortunately don't have to support her much at school. However, we notice that although we are both at home, she sometimes receives too little attention, because we both have a lot of appointments and although we are so close, we are still far away.

 

The happiest about the current situation is Emma, our dog, now that there is always someone at home.

 

What lessons did you take with you from the first weeks in EFC? Tips for the colleagues (especially with children: How do you cope with the double burden between WFA, homeschooling and household)?

 

We have set up a lunch blocker and divided up tasks, e.g. cooking or fetching food - this works sometimes like this, sometimes like this. When Marion or Cara are cooking there is usually something fresh, when Markus is "cooking" the motto #supportyourlocals with pizza or burgers applies ;)

 

What can you still improve?

 

The working situation is in need of improvement, that means: desk, chair, monitor. 

 

And finally: Are you Team Office outfit or rather Team Comfy look?

 

Marion: Office Outfit

 

Markus: As always, Comfy Look in a PAYBACK shirt, as is usually the case in the office #WELIKE 

 

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

 

Desk Crew 

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PS: Markus also said that the Corona time had the positive effect that he finally sorted his PAYBACK and Star Wars shirts in the cupboard. 

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master WORKING FROM ANYWHERE in times of Corona... this time with the Hildebrandt family!

Michael, how does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too stressful?

MH: Basically everything is good. Everyday life has become well established. Everybody has his tasks, as before Corona too. Gabi takes care of our household and homeschooling and I do the caretaking things (repairs in the apartment, disposal of garbage and garden waste, furnishing the office, etc.). In addition, I cycle to the office once a week to clear my head.

I am a bad teacher because I am too impatient, that's why Gabi took over the homeschooling (successfully). Moritz is in the 4th grade and we are lucky that Moritz is a child who can deal with himself very well, therefore it is rather easy even in times of contact restrictions. Nevertheless Moritz was glad to see his mates at school again.

Besides, we have done many things in the apartment and garden that we had planned to do for a long time, but kept on postponing.

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks at the WFA?

MH: Because Gabi works 20 hours a week and now has a sabbatical, the situation was and is not so dramatic for us. Therefore we cannot give any helpful tips.

What else can you improve?

MH: I could take a cooking class.

And finally: Are you team office outfit or team comfy look?

MH: Team comfy look!

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

MH: Desk crew.

Thanks a lot Michael & Gabi!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master WORKING FROM ANYWHERE in times of Corona... this time with Matthias Weber!

How does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment (possibly with children)? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too stressful?

MW: It works. Better than I thought. I do miss my colleagues, the social environment in the office, the conversations in the hallway or in the kitchen and the lunch breaks in the canteen. But I save myself the trip to work and gain time either for work or for my private life. My partner also works at home two to three days a week. We sit together at the dining table, work on the computer and agree on who has to use the phone and when. As we have a 1-room apartment, only the balcony is another room to get out. My children are grown up and have no influence on my new working day.

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks at the WFA?

MW:

  • I try to separate work and private life as much as possible. I clear computers and equipment out of sight in the evening.
  • The work itself is much more effective. You can reach colleagues via video calls better than in the office or you can see more quickly the status of whether you can reach someone.
  • Video conferences are more disciplined than live meetings, but also need to be better prepared.
  • WFA is more than an alternative.
  • Our IT department did a great job and got everything up and running very quickly and well.
  • With my team there is a quarter of an hour every day for chatting and general exchange. This is actually more regular than in the pre-Corona period!

What else can you improve?

MW: Taking breaks more consistently. And don't eat at the computer.

And finally: Are you team office outfit or team comfy look?

MW: Office at the top and comfy at the bottom: the black shirt and sweatpants that are obligatory for me.

Are you more of a desk crew or sofa crew?

MW: Because I don't have a desk, I'm part of the dining table crew. When the weather is good, I'm sometimes part of the balcony crew as well.

Thanks a lot Matthias

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master WORKING FROM ANYWHERE in times of Corona... this time with Alexander Stauber!

Alexander, how does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much of a strain on your nerves? 

AS: Not much different from the office. However, I can now shift my sport into the morning hours, as I save time on the way to work.

During the day, a lot of different project topics or calls come in, which sometimes ends with the laptop ending up in the kitchen. I don't discipline myself enough, but of course I always want to be available for my colleagues

Regarding nerves, I must say that I took a lot of composure from my previous consulting time. You learn quickly to be able to work anywhere, especially in IT with all the given tools.

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

AS: In projects, things are always heating up. Trust is good but even more trust is better.

Team spirit is the knock-out criterion for me in the current situation. Keep an eye on the timelines, don't get on your colleagues' nerves at the same time, and still understand what's going on without having a talk in the kitchen. It's already a challenge in the office and now it demands perfection!

What can you still improve?

AS: Getting up more often. Sometimes 4 hours have passed and I haven't moved. Hardly ever happens to me in the office.

Calls, which do not require documents, can be made with my mobile phone while walking.

Were you already back in the office? How did it feel? #goodtobeback

AS: I am afraid I have to say no. But I have to go to the office the next few days to print documents. I have paperless WFA  I am curious!

And finally: Are you more team WFO or WFA?

AS: WFA/WFO - 60/40

I feel very comfortable working from home, but I also miss the lively work with colleagues in the Office face2face.

Many thanks Alexander

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master WORKING FROM ANYWHERE in times of Corona... this time with Veronika Keller!

Vroni, how does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much of a strain on your nerves? 

VK: Even before the lockdown, I kept saying, 'I will NOT go into the home office for a WHOLE week!' ...until we actually had to.
The beginning was okay, then came a few days of deprivation where I didn't feel like sitting at home anymore and missed my colleagues very much. I still do, but you just get used to everything.

In the meantime WORKING FROM ANYWHERE has settled down very well. I'm also glad that I have a very nice roommate with whom I have converted my dining table into a desk. It almost feels like being in an office.
I miss the commute to work, but I make up for it with a very long walk along the Isar every day. Walking has definitely become my new hobby since Corona! In the beginning I found the situation quite exhausting, but now I have a good routine.

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

VK: My learning: You get used to everything and can adapt to any situation. The right mindset is important!

Tips: Structure your day in such a way that you get out a bit and move around. Cook something delicious for lunch and DO NOT eat on your Laptop (A bit stupid for me, because my dining table is now my desk).

What can you still improve?

VK: Take longer breaks more consistently.

Were you already back in the office? How did it feel? #goodtobeback

VK: It's really good to be back! I still miss my colleagues, because of course our whole team can't be there at the same time, but it's nice to see at least some of them again!
I really like the solution of our ESSZIMMER and especially when the weather is nice you can sit outside and eat. There we have so many possibilities!

And finally: Are you more team WFO or WFA?

VK: Before Corona it was clearly WFO, but in the meantime I have come to appreciate the advantages of the WFA. It works much better than I had expected!
I have been allowed to work in my parents' garden for a few days and to give my yoga classes in between - I only have to change the room and not the building. Not to forget: I leave the yoga clothes on all day long, which I would not necessarily do in the WFO

Many thanks Vroni & strike that yoga pose!

It's quarantini time! Sit back and read for yourself how our colleagues master WORKING FROM ANYWHERE in times of Corona... this time with Björn Klement!

Björn, how does your everyday life in WFA looks like at the moment? Do you have the feeling to have the situation under control or is it too much of a strain on your nerves? 

BK: Of course we have everything under control at home. In the morning we first have breakfast with the kids and get them ready for kindergarten and school. Afterwards we take the first one to the kindergarten (luckily again regular times), then we start the first calls and at the same time do the home schooling with the school child, because she is only allowed to go to school every second day and then only at 11 am. Afterwards we bring the big one to school and work from home. At noon, we always cook fresh food. And yes, sometimes it's a bit much to answer my kids' questions and listen to the colleagues in the calls at the same time. Something you definitely learn in such situations is multitasking

What lessons did you take with you from the last weeks WFA? Tips for your colleagues?

BK: It should be a decent office chair. In the first week I sat on a dining room chair every day, which is really not good for my back. In addition, I often make a social call so that I don't lose contact with my colleagues. You should also schedule daily jour fixes with the team so that you can exchange information about current topics and discuss some private matters.

What can you still improve?

BK: Plan more time for lunch and get back on the bike more often, because I don't have the commute to work right now!

Were you already back in the office? How did it feel? #goodtobeback

BK: Unfortunately not, due to the daily routine with the kids it is almost impossible to go to the office at the moment. But for August, during the holiday season, I have already planned to go back to the office for a whole week and I am already looking forward to it.

And finally: Are you more team WFO or WFA?

BK: WFA, as the current challenges with school unfortunately do not allow it otherwise

Thank you so much, Björn!