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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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How-To: Das Jobsharing StarterKit für Tandems und HR

Wenn sich unsere Kunden und andere Unternehmen für Jobsharing entscheiden, tauchen am Anfang häufig die gleichen Fragen auf. Um den Tandems und der HR-Abteilung einen reibungslosen Start zu ermöglichen, gibt es deshalb dieses “StarterKit” – praktische Checklisten zum Download inklusive.

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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

In our #ChangeAgents section, we introduce people who encourage us to tackle and change things. Strong minds working passionately 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.

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

In our #ChangeAgents section, we introduce people who encourage us to tackle and change things. Strong minds working passionately 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.

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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Faster, better, digital! Why “digitalization” only works with teamwork.

Digitalization not only determines our everyday (working) life, it is also changing the entire business world. The associated challenges affect all companies: rapid changes and increasingly complex market requirements, strong competitors, and, above all, courageous disruptors who are breaking new ground with new technologies. Every company has the right prerequisites to not be left behind and to shape their own digital transformation. They just have to be recognized and used.

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“Everyone is in the cloud! – But where is the human being?”

Cloud technology is unstoppable and changing the way we work together. But where does the human being end up when more and more data, topics and communication take place in the cloud? And does it make him more expendable – or even more important?

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“The experts you need are already here!”

This is how companies – with their own employees – are getting fit for digitization.

Digitization is unstoppable.

Digitization is unstoppable and one of those developments that certainly will not “simply pass by,” even if some may secretly wish that. It is a megatrend that will not only fundamentally change our way of living and working, but also radically transform business models and business purposes. So, what does it mean for organizations – and how is it related to the second big trend, the flexibilization of working models and structures?

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Everyone can be a mentor!

Everyone has already heard the term mentoring. In practice, it usually refers to a very classic mentoring approach: an inexperienced mentee learns from an experienced mentor – and to be a mentor or participate in a mentoring program, you first have to qualify. “Reverse Mentoring” (old learns from young) is slowly (and complementarily) gaining traction. However, most of these programs are still controlled top-down, and thus not by the mentors and mentees themselves, but by an organizer. It’s high time to clear off the dust collecting on conventional mentoring programs! Read more

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Commitment is the new diligence!

The practical implementations and effectiveness of the concept of job sharing remain under-researched. The benefits are intuitive and emotionally understandable – but tangible evidence and numbers lag behind. Tandemploy would like to change that by exploring the pitfalls, advantages, cultural conditions, and much more using diverse, collaborative research.

A recent collaboration with the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and the University of Hamburg has just brought to light some amazing things. Three different types of job sharers were identified whose “career concepts” do not have much in common with our previous understandings. It has become clear that commitment is the new diligence!

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Do away with positions!

Who actually decided that almost every task, every job, would fit best into a 40-hour full-time position? Who says that? And who can judge that?

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Everything is different! 44 questions about the world of work

I’m reading a book that inspires me to ask more questions. I like questions anyway, but in “Rock your Idea. To change the world with ideas” by Martin Gaedt, one is downright encouraged to ask excessive questions. “Questions bring ideas and change,” it says, and “questioning habits brings new things to the world.” I especially like the statement, Everything works differently.” Because hey, why not?
The author suggests asking questions at every traffic light, in every traffic jam, in every waiting room, at every imaginable opportunity: 44 in one go. Anyone who does this regularly (practicing questioning, so to speak) increases his question fitness and comes up with completely new ideas. Even a “throw-away question” can make the difference. The chapter ends with a clear request: “Asking good questions is trainable. So, get to practicing!”

I felt directly challenged and tried to go with my gut to ask 44 questions about the world of work, the issue closest to my heart.

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