Since our foundation, in 2013, we have had no office. We work in a free and agile way. This only works because our cooperation is based on values that we all share: Respect, appreciation, diversity, loyalty, trust, modesty and mutual support. In addition, all of take responsibility, share knowledge, set the right priorities and have solid quality-and-time management skills. The flexible and internal value chain for our customers is only possible because we work together and always have several consultants on one project.
FOR US NEW WORK MEANS
- You can decide for yourself when and where you want to work
We adapt with flexibility to the circumstances of our employees. For example: If an employee wants to travel across Asia, this is no problem with a six-month advance notice.
With us, you don’t fit in old-school office structures, but you are in a creative working environment and can work productively in a dynamic team with a flat hierarchy.
- Decide for yourself which projects you want to pursue
We put together cross-functional teams (consultants and experts from different areas) for our clients, because we know what strengths and passions our employees have and in which areas they want to develop.
Internal knowledge transfer is indispensable for continuous growth, especially to stay curious and not to lose the fun at work.
- Work when you are most efficient
At DONE!, everyone can organize their work in the way that suits them best. Even a 4-day week is possible with efficient time management and is common practice with us, as we usually have several consultants on one project.
Correctly implemented, employees as well as our customers benefit from this, as the desired results are of a high quality standard.
- Project groups, far away from organization charts and silos
We work without rigid structures. So we also meet internally for lunch or on weekends to discuss things. Or we phone each other in the evening (After Work Talk) and reflect on our projects. Calls with our clients can also happen at 11pm.
Our operational hierarchies are as flat as possible – thanks to a project-based form of organization.
Our teams organize themselves – depending on their seniority. This leads to greater employee participation.
- Work-life balance
As a manager and mother, I could never work so hard if I didn’t have the opportunity to structure my work as I like. A normal daily routine is that I work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then check e-mails again from 8 p.m. onwards. So I have time for my private life between 4 and 8 p.m.
Many colleagues have been working for DONE! for years, because you never stop learning through the different projects. This makes the difference from a normal, more rigid employee relationship. Our approach makes sense, so that our employees appreciate cooperation even more.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE MANAGEMENT TEAM?
- A lot of empathy and relationship building
- Personal interactions
- To give and take fairly
- To have an error culture – errors are part of it – it’s how we learn and grow
- Mutual training and investing in employees
- Creating space for learning effects, change and development
- Giving confidence, but also keeping an overview of the project without falling into micro-management
- Guiding at a distance
Companies who dismiss these methods will have difficulties in the future to be competitive and attractive for talents – especially for Generation Z. Our DONE! New Work culture with networked working across functional and hierarchical boundaries ensures increased productivity and satisfaction of our employees. Thanks to our internal structures, everyone really enjoys their work and feels responsible for the results. New Work creates “aha” effects. It’s all about creativity, innovation and productivity – important fields for having fun (employee satisfaction!) and greater employee participation.