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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Dr. Vera Iversen

Vera has been working at Beiersdorf’s production plant in Berlin for several years. She is currently on parental leave with her third child. She spoke with us in an interview about her previous journey at Beiersdorf, her experiences with part-time work, and her wishes for the future.

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Job sharing for men = flexible and appealing work

Again and again, the topic of job sharing is associated with women; with the re-entry of mothers after parental leave; with the compatibility of work and family life. At the same time, the working model can do much more – and is particularly appealing to men.

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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Andrea Schütte and Cindy Graupner

Andrea and Cindy work in a job tandem as the Senior Medical Marketing Manager in Medical Management of the Business Unit Pharmacy Germany. They told us in an interview what makes their arrangement special, how they organize themselves, and what job sharing means to them.

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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Nathalie Awisus

Nathalie is currently responsible for the project management of the annual international employee survey at Beiersdorf’s Center of Excellence (CoE) Development / Employee Engagement. She works part time and is very interested in job sharing. We talked with her about the benefits of flexible work and about two:share.

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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Sepideh Reshad and Dorothe Fiedler

Sepideh and Dorothe have been working in a job share for Global Product Development Lip Care at Beiersdorf since 2014. In the interview, they talked about why they opted for job sharing, how they organize themselves, and how their work has changed because of the job-sharing model.
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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Dr. Gesa Muhr and Dr. Rixa Dippe

Gesa and Rixa work for Beiersdorf AG in the Category Test Team of Eucerin/Health Care. They have been in a tandem since May 2017. In the interview, they talk about how they found each other, what job sharing means to them, and how a good job-sharing organization works.

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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Katrin Bense and Kerstin Unger

Kerstin and Katrin share the position of Marketing Manager of NIVEA Face Care & Deo at Beiersdorf. This is their second time working together in job sharing already. They told us in an interview what makes them so enthusiastic about this model and how they organize themselves.

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“Stop the Men in Grey” – Jana Tepe in her TED talk about today’s world of work

Be faster, improve your time management and save valuable time. If you take a look at bookstore shelves, you will find that the topic of time optimization is in vogue: here and there, you can eliminate a useless task from your life, delegate tasks or set proper priorities in your date book. The list is long and arbitrary. The paradox is that although this does indeed save time, every single person still has less and less of it. When you dedicate time in one place, it is stolen elsewhere.

In the novel “Momo” by Michael Ende, the “Men in Grey”, who were Time Thieves, mingled unnoticed among the inhabitants of a city and preached thrift as agents of the Timesavings Bank. Gradually, despite saving time, the lives of people became increasingly joyless and unhappy. Only a little girl named Momo recognized the problem and dared to fight against the seemingly overpowering “Men in Grey”.

 

Inspired by Momo, Jana Tepe talks about today’s world of work in her TED Talk and calls for us to “Stop the Men in Grey! – Start changing the working world today!”

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9 things we can learn from Pippi Longstocking

Some children’s books are so wise that they should be required reading for every adult – we’ve known that since at least Momo by Michael Ende. But there are even more of these special children’s books that contain so much wisdom that you should always remember them. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is definitely one of them.

With Pippi’s wisdom, we want to go through the New Year cheeky, wild and wonderful!

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Change without process. An example: The Open Wednesday

Knowledge transfer, collaborative work, network building, agility, silo teardown, open space – big buzzwords that many companies do not even try to implement. That’s a shame, because digitalization urgently needs new working models & structures. In the meantime, it is happening very quickly and directly. However, it’s still possible to put these topics on the agenda with simple formats. An example? Our Open Wednesday.

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“But good ideas only become good projects through networking.” Interview with Gabriel Rath from OstseeSparkasse Rostock

Gabriel Rath is responsible for Social Media & Social Collaboration at OstseeSparkasse (English: Baltic Sea Savings Bank; hereafter “OSPA”) Rostock. In an interview, he told us why OSPA is, in many ways, different than most savings banks, what changes their OSPA-Connect project has brought, and why they also engage in Working Out Loud. Read more

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From the hierarchy to the network. Why digitization needs new structures.

Digitization is not something that “simply passes by.” What many may have thought (or hoped?) at the onset has been all too clearly refuted. Digitization is here to stay, it’s advancing – and it’s changing organizations and their business models from the ground up.

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#ChangeAgent Rainer Gimbel – shaping the world of work with internal networking

In our #ChangeAgents section, we introduce people who encourage us to tackle and change things: strong minds, who work with passion for a more humane working world, thus initiating a change in thinking and actively helping to shape change processes. Our #ChangeAgents are role models, lateral thinkers, multipliers and dissenters.

Rainer Gimbel is Digital Strategist at Evonik, where he is responsible for the intra-group social network. As a #ChangeAgent, he supports users to make their work more collaborative and lives the idea of “Working Out Loud consistently and unconditionally.” All good reasons to introduce him here.

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“Freedom, self-determination and (spatial) variety keep me incredibly motivated.” – One year of job sharing on Tenerife

Eva Schubert is currently living her dream: she lives and works on Tenerife. She converted her 9-to-5 job as a social media coordinator into a job share and swapped her office in Cologne for a coworking opportunity in Tenerife. Eva told us in an interview how this came about, how life and work in Tenerife are, and whether she wants to remain flexible and independent of location in the future.

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“The things that you cannot read in any textbook are especially valuable.” Interview with Heike Hoch and Kathrin Lamm from “Applaus”

Mentoring can do much if we dare to turn away from the classic top-down approach, and assume that everyone can be a mentor. Together, Heike Hoch and Kathrin Lamm run “Applaus. Das Institut für wertschätzende Kommunikation” (English: Applause. The Institute for Appreciative Communication; hereafter “Applaus”). They work closely together and are simultaneously mentor and mentee for one another. In this interview, they describe how this works organizationally and what positive influence it has on their personal and professional development.

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Make your work visible! – Working Out Loud

Agility, knowledge exchange, silo teardown, cultural change … these are some of our major topics. So, it stands to reason that we find the Working Out Loud movement (named after the eponymous book by John Stepper) very exciting. But what is this “Working Out Loud” anyway? And what exactly does the method have to do with flexibilization, digitization and the dismantling of silos?

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#ChangeAgent Julia Schwebel shows how compatibility can work

Julia Schwebel works for Merck in Darmstadt and is responsible for B2B in Asia/Pacific. This means that she and her team take care of electronically connecting customers when it comes to catalogs, orders or invoices. Not only are their customers international, but Julia’s team is also spread over four countries on three continents. Julia herself works very flexibly and passes this flexibility on to her team. She is especially concerned with the issue of compatibility. As a #ChangeAgent, she lives up to the change she wants to see in the work world.

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How-to: How job rotation works

Job rotation can help turn young employees into executives, offer longtime colleagues some variety in their daily work, and deepen their knowledge in various areas. Unfortunately, the supposedly high costs and considerable organizational effort required mean that job rotation does not take place in companies very often. However, job rotation can offer a lot and be implemented much more easily than expected; it’s time for some new perspectives.

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“So, I can find exactly the area in which I like to work and can bring my strengths along as well.”– job rotation at Tandemploy

Marion with her job-sharing partner, Christian.

Marion Hellebrandt started as an intern at Tandemploy more than two years ago. She now works in the Product Team and, together with her tandem partner Christian, forms the interface between IT and the rest of the team. Marion never imagined that she would be part of the IT department. In the interview, we discussed the path to their current job, the different stations, and the advantages of job rotation.

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Happy Moments: Fundstücke der letzen Zeit

Bei Tandemploy gibt es ein besonderes Meeting: Jeden Montag treffen sich die Teammitglieder und jede(r) erzählt von einem Happy Moment der vergangenen Woche, beruflich und/oder privat. Das ist das Happy Meeting. Statt eines langen Meetings, findet nur eine schnelle Runde statt und alle starten fröhlich und motiviert in die neue Woche. Da wir bekanntlich gerne teilen, zeigen wir hier einige dieser Happy Moments. Heute: Unsere schönsten Fundstücke der letzten Zeit.

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“For us, our manager, and the team, it’s win-win-win.” – Job sharing at Google.

Elly Oldenbourg and Sabine Georg © Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

SabElly – that’s Elly Oldenbourg and Sabine Georg, who are in a Creative Agency Manager tandem at Google Germany. Sabine and Elly told us in an interview how they found each other, what makes them enthusiastic about job sharing, and how they organize their everyday work in the tandem. They also give a few tips on how working flexibly can function and explain why you should worry much less about the issues of close teamwork and the possible slowdown of your corporate career.

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#ChangeAgent Sabine Kluge shows how Working Out Loud can change the work world

Sabine Kluge is Global Program Manager for Learning and Development at Siemens AG. She is passionate about social learning, social networking and new forms of organization. She is also an expert on Working Out Loud and has gained a lot of hands-on experience. As a #ChangeAgent, Sabine shows that “Work. Different.” can also work in a corporation.

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Visiting Tandemploy – Innovation trips with an effect.

Admittedly, in the beginning we were a bit skeptical as to whether these “innovation trips” by big companies into our Tandemploy world would have the desired effect. In the meantime, busloads of managers come to visit us regularly – and we can say that it is very rare for these “learning journeys,” “new work tours,” or “safaris” to have no impact.

This is because it is not just a question of “taking a peek” into our world, and then going back to one’s own, excited but unchanged. The point is not to highlight the differences between “old” and “new” economics and demonstrate an imaginary rift by emphasizing these differences. Rather, it is about showing more and more that, at the end of the day, we work and operate in one economy – and both sides can learn an incredible amount from each other.

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Without projects, there’s no innovation: why companies should rely on their own employees.

Projects, projects, projects! They are a driving force for innovation and change, and defining and developing new projects is vital to every company. In most cases, however, project initiation and project staffing are implemented following a classic top-down approach. This is often complicated, expensive, and does not necessarily contribute to a good working environment. In today’s companies, project initiation and staffing can work differently: direct, simple and driven by people. It’s time for a change.

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“Tandemploy is more than job sharing”

(Flexible work in the Tandemploy office. © Mai / Heygster)

Three years ago, the Berlin-based company Tandemploy launched the job-sharing platform of the same name and since then has become an integral part of the HR scene and discussions about the “future of work.” The interest in working models and tandem matching on the platform has not subsided – it represents a very concrete way to really shape work differently.

In the meantime, a lot has happened. With its new software, Tandemploy is flexibilizing entire companies – from SMEs to global corporations – from the inside out.
Anna Kaiser and Jana Tepe, the two founders and managing directors of a 20-strong team, told us in an interview what this is all about and what their further plans are.

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