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Sustainable work is networked work – Interview with Inga Höltmann

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Inga Höltmann is an expert on cultural change in business, New Work and digital leadership. She is the founder of the digital leadership academy “Accelerate Academy,” a platform for New Work and learning, and a trained business journalist. She also writes a popular newsletter and is a podcaster. All good reasons to talk to her about sustainable work and New Work.

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Work–Life–Dance – Flexibility at Brand L.

Brand.L is an agency for brand staging from Munich. In January 2018 they introduced their new flexible working (time) model in a test phase. From the rigid system to the variable model. More confidence, less control. That sounded so exciting that we talked with Managing Director Thomas Brandl about the outcome of this experiment and how things are going now.

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“Diversity, Courage and Ambassadors” – Interview with Tijen Onaran

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Tijen Onaran is a businesswoman, presenter and speaker. With startup affairs, she advises companies on PR and publicity, as well as on building and maintaining communities, and, with her Global Digital Women initiative, is committed to the networking and visibility of women in the digital industry. In addition, Tijen Onaran regularly publishes as a member of the Handelsblatt Expert Council, as well as a columnist for Lead Digital. She has been appointed to the Faculty Board for Digital Leadership of the Management School St. Gallen and to the jury of the Digital Leader, Corporate Culture and PR Report Awards. Before becoming self-employed, Tijen Onaran worked for members of the European parliament and the Bundestag, the Federal President’s Office, and for associations and a university in leading positions. In the interview, we talked about New Work, “tomorrow’s world of work” and the key skills needed in a digital and connected world.

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#ChangeAgent Christine Müller from Gärtner Datensysteme – Trust instead of mistrust.

At Gärtner Datensysteme GmbH & Co. KG New Work is “old news.” Since their founding in 1992, they have been thinking of many New Work principles organically and without using such labels. Of the 16 almost exclusively male (!) employees, 9 work part-time. Part time near to full-time, home office, a 4-day work week, a consistent salary level and various open-space formats – these are all standard at Gärtner. In addition, there is no classical budgeting and no target agreements; numbers are communicated transparently and decisions are made during collective conversations. These are some of the many good reasons to introduce Christine Müller and Gärtner Datensysteme here as #ChangeAgents. We talked to Christine – a partner at Gärtner Datensysteme – about prejudices against part-time work, New Work and the new world of work.

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Sustainable work through lifelong learning – Interview with Magdalena Rogl

Magdalena Rogl heads the department of Social Media and Internal Communications at Microsoft as Head of Digital Channels. Her passion is to connect people and build networks. She is a mother of four children and is committed to the topic of work–life balance and digital education. As a lateral entrant (she is a trained educator), Magdalena can also tell exciting stories about the importance of lifelong learning. We talked to her about mentoring, sustainable work and her view on digital transformation.

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Flexibility means freedom – job sharing at Stonehedge

Nedeljko Prodanovic (Managing Partner)

Stonehedge Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH is a real-estate developer based in Berlin and its group of companies includes all types of skills, from acquisition to sales. They believe in flexible working and an open culture. We talked to Nedeljko Prodanovic about flexible working models, his wishes for their first tandem position, and the corporate culture of Stonehedge.

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Beiersdorf Exclusive: Nicole Dieckmann und Johanna Smer

For two years, Nicole and Johanna have shared the position as Head of Tactical Planning at Beiersdorf. Find out how they met each other, how they organize their everyday job sharing, and what they like about this model.

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Learning to work in networks – this is how WOL supports digitization in companies.

Sara-Lena Eisermann has been Customer Happiness Manager at Tandemploy GmbH since 01.02.2018. Previously, she was HR Specialist at Spreadshirt in Leipzig. During this time, she had already started to study the Working Out Loud (WOL) method. She is currently in the middle of a 12-week WOL Circle. In the interview, she talked about her experiences with WOL and what added value this method can have for companies.

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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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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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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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“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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#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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#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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“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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“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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“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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#ChangeAgent bio verlag – “With our model of employee participation, we show that participative corporate structures are possible.”

bio verlag publishes the customer magazines Schrot & Korn, Cosmia and Ö-Magazin, among other things. Since 2011, bio verlag has dealt with three things: capital, decisions, and success. Participation and responsibility are the basis for their cooperative work, along with family-friendly working time models and a lot of commitment. All good reasons to have a longer #ChangeAgent interview in this case. We spoke with their managing director, Sabine Kauffmann, about the history of the publishing house, employee participation, decision-making processes, and the working world of tomorrow.

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“More sovereignty over time means a better quality of life for me.” – Brigitte Abrell wants to establish part-time leadership as a working model

Brigitte Abrell has been working as a manager for a large German insurance company for many years – part-time. In addition, she also works as a certified business coach, gives lectures and advises companies. She is convinced that part-time leadership is a working model for the future and has written a book about it. We talked with Ms. Abrell about her personal experiences in her career path, the challenges faced by part-time managers, and her book.

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#ChangeAgent Katja Thiede – with flexible childcare for a family-friendly working environment

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Katja Thiede is co-founder of juggleHUB – a coworking space with flexible childcare. Their goal is to make the world of work more family-friendly and therefore more philanthropic. In order to promote the topic, she also writes articles, acts as a speaker, organizes events and speaks with companies. So, she’s definitely one of our #ChangeAgents.

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#ChangeAgent Jan Eppers has introduced the 4-day week

Jan Eppers is the founder and CEO of Frische Fische, a PR agency that is experimenting with the 4-day week. He is clearly a #ChangeAgent for us. Why? Because he is not afraid just to try something out and do it – and he talks about it so loosey-goosey that you might think that anyone could do it…

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#ChangeAgent Anna Süster Volquardsen – “Good work” is something different for everyone!

Anna Süster Volquardsen is the founder of DEAR WORK and she’s convinced that our working world will change not just in one direction, but in many. After four years in the HR department of a Hamburg-based IT company, she “stepped out” to start her magazine – and thus to show a variety of solutions for what “good work” can actually look like. It’s inspiring but also not trivial to generalize because “good work” can be so many things – and, most importantly, different for everyone.

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#ChangeAgent Robert Franken – The merit system penalizes people in our society

Robert Franken deals with Digital Leadership, Gender Empathy and New Work. As a speaker, moderator and author, he brings socially relevant content to the outside world and publishes it (among other things) on his blog, Digitale Tanzformation, as well as on the platform for Male Feminists Europe. He is committed to fair employment – for both women and men – and stands up for his beliefs. He definitely belongs among our #ChangeAgents.

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#ChangeAgent Michael Eckstein – for more part-time leadership!

Michael Eckstein is the managing director of the IT and web service provider 3m5. He believes in work that meshes with life and is currently on his own 6-month parental leave. At his company, he’s setting an example for what he hopes to see in the working world as a whole: more flexibility, more friendship and letting go of the 40-hour full-time mindset, even for managerial jobs. Clearly a Change Agent for us!

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