Great Place to Work: “Home office is becoming the norm for knowledge workers”
How have working conditions changed at Evora IT?
Timo Elbert: Since we as a company already had a very well-functioning virtual work model before Corona, we were able to build on this experience and day-to-day business continued to run normally as far as possible. The biggest change was in the way we worked with customers: less travel, less social interaction, and projects where you might never have met those involved in person. That was new Homeoffice-Situation for some back office employees who were used to office to work. The earlier separation of private and professional life has also been lost to a certain extent. That you have your family around the clock, children and pets with you Online-Meetings show up is one challenge and enrichment at the same time.
How do you invigorate your work and team culture?
Elbert: Everything that defines Evora and has made it strong despite the spread of the workforce has been further expanded and “virtualized” wherever possible. Team-Meetings were designed to be more interactive, social games such as a digital advent calendar were launched, and the “International Co-Working Week” was implemented entirely digitally. We tried a lot, some things like the daily “lunch hangouts” or weekly yoga lessons became obsolete. The two-weekly team updates “Powwow” with individual concepts and Moderation and the co-working online events that take place every six weeks have remained.
Celebrating together is important to the culture of many Great Place to Work award-winning employers. How did you solve that?
Elbert: The virtual Christmas party with family meals financed by Evora, moderated cocktail evenings as well as quiz and Escape-Room-Spiele will be remembered positively by everyone involved. Collaboration with colleagues was already very much virtual and has therefore hardly changed. The ten employees who have meanwhile gained during the Corona period are also part of the team, feel involved and certify that our “virtuelles Onboarding“works well even in these difficult times.
Your prognosis: How will you work after Corona?
Elbert: We assume that less in the future Travel activity takes place simply because it is cheaper, more efficient and makes better use of the consultants’ valuable time. Customers have learned that one is not for everyone Meetings must meet on site. Internally they will surely be real again On-site events take place, that promotes cohesion and a team spirit. But “back to pre-Corona“It won’t work, the modern collaboration tools have simply proven themselves too well for that. We are observing an unexpected openness virtual and hybrid conference formats that the professional organizers would never have expected before.
What does this mean for the work-life balance in the future?
Elbert: The compatibility of family and work will play a greater role, Homeoffice will not be a special form, but the normal state for the knowledge worker. The higher visibility of the private increases the acceptance and understanding of the situation and needs of colleagues, customers and partners. These Insights shouldn’t be dismissed as a disruption, but rather valued. So we have the chance that Relationships better to care for and to make more valuable.