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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!


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