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“The future is agile: A rapid technological change, a constantly increasing rate of change as well as far-reaching social changes require dynamic robustness, flexibility and liquid structures – in one word: agility. Agility is the survival paradigm of the knowledge society.” ( Mark Wagner With these words, Mark Wagner opens his whitepaper on creative spaces. This topic is just one of the many subtopics of the hashtag: futurework. Everyone works with! The trend has been going in one direction for years: A. ll should participate in the company and so far companies have always managed to do better. Driven primarily by digital technologies. When people talked about the “interactive web” in Web 2.0, apps and the Internet of Things made it much more interactive. Now there are numerous other possibilities through, among others, CloudServices. The goal of Futurework is now to adapt the workplace and work to this “hands-on culture”.…

Hands-on means solving a task as quickly and pragmatically as possible. Pragmatic stands for factual and quick action without thinking too much. The two terms are often combined under the heading: “practitioner”. In general, this type of work is helpful to a healthy extent. Unfortunately, being a practitioner often means that you act exactly as you know it, without thinking theoretically and thinking about the effect or the exact reason. You then hear sentences like: “It is always done that way”, “I have a lot of experience with that”, “I know that!””I’m just a practitioner” The pragmatic practitioner The term practitioner is often mentioned in relation to the hands-on mentality. A practitioner is the opposite of a theorist. Jeanne Moreau describes the practitioner as follows: The great practitioners do not talk, they act. Certainly there are advantages and disadvantages of being a practitioner. In general, it is important to keep…

I have a few consultations every week which enables practitioners and students to interact with me. I then pack a lot of the contents of the office hours into blog articles. This article is also the origin of the telephone consultation hours. I have received numerous calls from Scrum masters and project leaders as well as change managers since March 2020 – the topic was the change in work since the lockdown caused by COVID-19. Virtual work forces companies to make numerous changes and, due to falling sales, companies are primarily obliged to deliver and to bring products / services to customers quickly. There is no longer any time for long voting channels and long discussions. Companies need to act now. I work and nobody participates! Unfortunately, I hear the sentence from the headline very often. The employees or managers want to implement projects and customer requests quickly. However, it…

You are probably familiar with at least one of the following two situations: You are new to the company and one employee is highly praised for helping the company a lot 10 years ago. However, after getting to know each other, you notice that this employee is currently hardly worth any more and is more like a hype.You have an applicant who talks about numerous successful projects 10 years ago but the CV of the last 5 years is actually rather poor. “It used to be good” Many employees believe this sentence when they come across such employees. I often notice that old successes have a long-lasting effect on employees who have been with the company for 10-15 years and often such successes still carry great weight when changing jobs. But I see a danger: Such employees tend to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s methods! The last 5 years are…

I noticed that I started my professional life at a time when things were only going uphill. A typical phenomenon of Generation Y, who grew up in times of high security and growth. The statistics show that Germany has been growing steadily since I started my career. Growth in Germany 2015-2019 (source Statista ) During this time, I learned from executives and mentors how to scale an organization and build it up so that it can grow. It was invested, risked and won. At that time I was closely watching the leaders and trying to learn so that maybe one day I could get into such a role myself. I have been a manager myself for 8 months now and have been able to implement many of the strategies. But I was never prepared for one thing: Corona – management strategies in times of crisis. The difference: decision-making culture instead…

N / A? How many browser tabs are you currently open? Sure there are at least 10 and a few chats are also still open. some may be of a professional nature, in between fun and other things. Let’s be honest with ourselves: It is almost impossible to work through individual tasks one after the other without being distracted. Even while I am writing this article, I am watching Netflix and answering chats on Whatsapp. No chance to write down the blog article in one piece. The myth of multitasking Let’s look at the job advertisements: The ideal employee should be resilient and flexible. It should therefore be capable of multitasking and, like a computer, be able to do several tasks at the same time. But it is hard to focus on several things and yet it is so difficult for us to concentrate on one thing. We watch TV…

COVID-19 is forcing numerous companies into short-time work. According to information, there are currently more than 10 million employees. Often employees work for about 30 hours or less. Since 1930 numerous experts have thought about whether a 40-hour week really makes sense. Even then it was established that prosperity is strongly related to the use of machines (industrial revolution). Due to advances in technology, greatly reduced working hours are sufficient to ensure a comfortable livelihood for everyone. According to the teaching of Bergmann (NewWork), the free time could be used to do good, volunteer work or take care of yourself through a garden, etc. The credo is: Happiness and joie de vivre instead of nervous irritability and fatigue. Study on working hours The majority in Germany is currently working too much. Here we assume a normal 40h week. I got the numbers from the Federal Statistical Office. Over 2,000 employees…

Corona forces us to work from home and to spend almost all of our free time there (as of April 2020). This can lead to isolation at work as well as in private. I experience in social networks that numerous people hold video meetings about, for example, Use Skype and keep in touch with friends. But have you ever thought about meeting friends or business contacts with VR glasses in virtual reality? I’ve tried it and I want to share my experience in this article! Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated reality with images (3D) and in many cases also sound. Mostly there are forms of interaction in VR, even if only in the sense of physical movement through the virtual world ( Gabler ). One should not confuse VR with augmented reality. This does not mean the complete creation of a virtual world but the expansion of the real…

Home office and distributed teams are on everyone’s lips and for many it is a dream to be able to work from anywhere and at any time. What sounds like a dream for employees is pure horror for many executives, because the question arises: Will someone still work what? A typical image in the head of a manager – employees chilling out in the home office Basically, my experience is that employees who hardly work in the office do hardly anything at home. In contrast, hard-working employees are just as hard-working at home. A current study, which examines almost 30,000 employees has shown that employees in the home office work an average of 4 hours more overtime per week than employees in the office. So the fear that employees will do nothing only seems to exist in the heads of managers? Control task completion in the home office Even with…

Recently (2019) Xing asked over 17,000 of its members about salaries and one of the primary results is that every tenth XING user would change jobs for more meaningful work. According to the study, Generation Y in particular places more value on meaning in their job than on the “pure paycheck at the end of the month”. This is just one of many surveys that consider the purpose of work to be very important. Under a similar aspect, in 2019 I conducted workshops on the search for meaning and team vision with 9 teams and I noticed that not everyone needs meaning and that it is often difficult to find, especially in routine tasks. But the topic of meaning is currently such a big topic in the minds of many managers that a veritable search for meaning is kicked off in some companies. Reading tip: Team workshop to search for…

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