My start at Krannich (working from home) - part 2
In part 2, we interviewed Oliver (working student for development in the e-commerce department) and Lars (business administration student) about their early days at Krannich. Be curious to hear what they have to say about their onboarding during Corona!
Oliver - Working student for development in the e-commerce department
Do you still remember your first day at Krannich?
On October 01, 2020, at 10am, my journey at Krannich began. As I walked into the foyer, I met my supervisor and my two new colleagues who also started at Krannich in the E-Commerce department that day.
How did you perceive the training working from home?
My training working from home began with completing an online course on a well-known online shop software, which I will have to deal with more often in the future in my role as a developer. I was also provided with some internal company materials to help me find my way around Krannich more quickly. Another important element that has made integration into the e-commerce team much easier is the daily team meeting. Every workday at 11 a.m., we gather virtually with the camera turned on to discuss current issues and projects. These virtual meetings also have a pleasant social aspect, which is also very important for me as a new employee. When I had questions, I could always turn to one of my colleagues or my supervisor and get the help I needed.
Was the working from home a big challenge during the training period?
I quickly realized that, thanks to today's possibilities, a longer period of working from home doesn't have to be a disaster, but that productive work results can still be achieved. Of course, it would be nice to be able to sit in a room with colleagues and have interesting face-to-face conversations during the coffee break, but thanks to the technical possibilities and joint activities with the camera turned on, it is also possible to work productively and efficiently from home.
What has been your personal highlight so far?
It got particularly interesting when our supervisor approached my colleague and me and told us about an issue that had been waiting for a solution for quite some time. So we set out to come up with a potential solution to this problem. While my colleagues had worked out a great and coherent process for solving this problem, I was able to design a database for it and think about other technical issues. So, I was able to use something I had already learned in my studies in my professional life. That made me very happy and increased my motivation even more.
How did you perceive your first months at Krannich?
All in all, my first few months at Krannich were very good. I was able to learn a lot of new things and apply what I already knew from my studies in the corporate environment. My colleagues have welcomed me well and I feel very much at home in e-commerce, both professionally and as a person. Looking back, it was the right decision to choose this position at Krannich and I'm really looking forward to the time ahead. Hopefully I will be back on site in Hausen more often.
Lars - Business Administration-Trade Student
When did you start at Krannich and in which department?
I had my first day of work on September 1, 2020. I spent a month in the sales department and in the warehouse and have recently joined the e-commerce department. In all departments, I was immediately perceived and valued as an equal colleague, which is why I didn't really have the impression of only being a trainee.
How did your training period go and how were you supported by your colleagues and managers?
To be honest, I imagined working life would be a lot worse. I received a warm welcome and received an incredibly good training in all the departments. The family atmosphere is just one of the many advantages. You can always ask questions and I were integrated into the team right from the start. You receive numerous training sessions and have the chance to put what you've learned into practice right from the start. Questions are always welcome and are not a sign of stupidity, but of interest.
What did you think when it became clear that your training would take place from home and were your expectations subsequently confirmed?
I was extremely worried about how I would end up being trained, as I still had negative experiences from my school days as far as "working from home" was concerned. Nevertheless, I have to say that I'm getting along very well with it so far. Communication with colleagues is very good and you also have the chance to contact them directly if you have any questions. You receive training and then have the opportunity to put what you've learned into practice. If you have questions, you can get in touch with colleagues from the department very quickly and get to the bottom of the problem. However, you have to keep in mind that you have to work much more independently.
Have you been able to find a good connection to the right team despite working from home?
In e-commerce, you have the chance to see all your colleagues in a team meeting every day, which makes it easier to get to know them. Through the training sessions, which were often divided among the employees, you could also get to know many colleagues personally. It's easy to make contact in the team meetings and also possibly have casual conversations, which makes it easier to get to know them.
What is special for you as a new employee at Krannich?
I've noticed the family atmosphere since the first day. You get the feeling that everyone gets along great and there is a real family atmosphere. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to contribute your own ideas to projects, which also gives you the freedom to work independently.
Have you been able to make a good connection with the right team despite working from home?
In e-commerce, you have the chance to see all your colleagues in a team meeting every day, which makes it easier to get to know them. Through the training sessions, which were often divided among the employees, you could also get to know many colleagues personally in private. It is easy to make contact in the team meetings and also possibly have casual conversations, which makes it easier to get to know each other.
We are very pleased that Jonas, Pauline, Oliver and Lars feel they have arrived at Krannich Solar and that they perceived the onboarding as smooth despite adverse circumstances.
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