The standpoint of our company’s management has been unanimous since the very first news about the pandemic arrived: our primary goal is to protect our employee’s health and support their well-being. Therefore everyone, whose tasks made it possible switched to working from home. Since then, an intensive discussion has also been going on regarding ways to support our employees in adapting to the new situation.
Soon after switching to this new way of operation, we identified several positive effects of the situation. Instead of commuting, our colleagues can engage more in valuable activities, they can focus on their tasks, and our internal survey has shown that even their performance developed. Although colleagues collaborating and working together closely got separated, the empathy towards each other and the feeling of community remained. Virtual team coffee-breaks – often brightened by children’s laughter, dog’s barks or cat’s meows – have been integrated into our daily life.
Although in the current situation safety is the most important, we are aware of the challenges as well. Depending on one’s personal situation and responsibilities, many of us had to re-organise their daily routine and manage to do well in various areas of life. Those who previously worked in a team and in an environment that is suitable for their tasks had to suddenly switch to work alone, in a home environment. Recognising the risk of isolation stress, we support our employees with targeted means: besides regular information on the situation we offer team-building initiatives – even for the whole family –, surprise them with different programs over the advent period, publish their presentations on our internal portal, whereas our series of stress relief training lectures present methods that can be used in work and private life alike.
We take care of each other to be able to take care of our patients.