It is the 08th of July 2019 at 7:30 o’clock. At fme AG’s office in Brunswick, everything looks like it is going to be a normal Monday morning. The first employees are making themselves comfortable at their workplaces and trying to dispel their tiredness with a hot cup of coffee. Some people wonder about the whereabouts of the dishes and cutlery before going back to their desks to turn on the computer. But the supposed calm is deceptive. Because this week shouldn’t be an ordinary one.
Monday morning, for some this is the agonizing beginning of the week and the work stress, for me this is the time of anticipation until I’m back at the fme office. Because when I go to the office in the morning; I’m already expected with a sweet smile and a “Hah, good that you’re there!”. For one or the other, these words may already scare the ToDo list. I, on the other hand, wonder what will happen this week…
So while I’m still thinking about all the adventures, I move slowly in the direction of the computer and again need tens of starts to type in the password correctly. After successfully completing the mission, I discuss today’s daily routine with my colleague. Once this is done, it goes to the preserves.
It is the first Wednesday of November, a special day because today is our team lunch. Recently I have been working on a project to introduce an enterprise content management system to manage plant-specific documents. A multitude of installation, configuration and implementation tasks have to be done.
English is the official company language of fme. While this is a great advantage for an international operating company, I also get sometimes the impression that students (which I usually meet at recruiting events) and other business contacts, such as potential freelancers, are wondering if their language skills are good enough and if they would meet the expectations of the company.
Therefore I would like to give you a little insight into our office culture and how English as a corporate language affects our daily work.
I have been working for fme for over 6 years. Time to look back and share my experiences.
Some of you might think that I was forced by our management to write this blog post, but I clearly deny that! We employees were encouraged to participate in the fme blog and I thought it might not be wrong to give an honest report on what it’s like to work at fme.
Working Out… what? It does not mean shouting at your colleagues. It is a program, developed by John Stepper, to make your work visible. It means sharing – especially knowledge and appreciation. It means the confrontation with myself and a topic that is important to me. I think that Working Out Loud, short WOL, strives for a change of behavior: away from knowledge silos to willingly sharing without ulterior motives.
A few weeks ago, I, Antje Duffert, Consultant for > Communication Services, started a call within the fme AG, which was aimed towards my colleagues, who would like to try something new with me and who wanted to advance the culture of our company even more towards collaboration and openness by an independent and target-oriented work. read more