What surprised you after you started at Save the Children Switzerland?
I was pleasantly surprised by how well, closely and harmoniously Save the Children’s global network works together – and not just at CEO level. A lot of tools have been standardized, people help and support each other at all levels and provide each other with a lot of helpful information. This is very motivating – and ultimately leads to us being able to work more efficiently and thus achieve more for the most deprived children.
Many employees are currently working from home – what does collaboration look like in the Corona-affected year 2020?
It is certainly a challenge to be able to get to know the people you work with, sometimes not in a direct face-to-face situation. But these are ultimately luxury problems and in Switzerland we are still doing very well. What worries me is the situation worldwide, where many years of development are being lost in quite a few countries because of the Corona crisis.
How can collaboration continue to function well with the home office set up?
On one hand, I think it’s important that we keep in touch with each other informally and share each other’s experiences – that’s an expression of appreciation that seems very important to me and that strengthens relationships. Furthermore, I think it helps enormously to have clarity in structure, processes, responsibilities and objectives within an organization. If everyone knows what their tasks are, it eliminates the need for many discussions, which are particularly difficult to have in a home office.