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Flexible working: It’s not about where you are, but what you do

Nov 22, 2017 | Founder's Views, Orga 4.0, Recruitment

It’s all about trust

In many companies, the following mind-set is still quite common: Flexible working (e.g. home office) means having no control over your employees and questions about whether they are really working. In my opinion, employers who have this mindset have a totally different problem to a lack of control: They don’t trust their employees.

At Testbirds we see this differently. It’s part of our company culture to put trust in our employees. We don’t focus on where you are, but on the work being done. For some colleagues, home office is a very good place to work. Others don’t use it at all, because they can concentrate better in the office.

Flexible working at Testbirds

Flexible working means that time tracking is not required at Testbirds. There is no reason needed for home office, you tell your colleagues upfront when you will be working from home and mark it in your Outlook calendar for everyone to see. It also shouldn’t cause any additional work for your colleagues. Furthermore, we have core working hours between 10 am and 4 pm during which all employees are expected to be available on the phone, Skype and e-mail and of course you have to make sure to take part in meetings – in person or via Skype. This ties into our concept of self-leadership (more about our organisational principles, which we call Orga 4.0 here).

Personally, I use home office more often since the birth of my daughter. Sometimes I take a break of several hours over lunch to spend time with the family. To compensate for this, I start very early in the morning and work late in the evening. I use the flexibility also on the road. I have to travel quite often and e.g. do phone calls in the train. It’s very important to me that not only I can do it, but everyone here in the company. If you are interested in our open job positions, have a look here.

What do you think about it? Do you offer flexible working at your company and if so, how?

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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.

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