Remote control: Meet our remote team
Remote work has many iterations these days. It could mean working from home or maybe the beach. Perhaps you’re in a hybrid situation where you go to the office a few days a week or just as needed. eyeo has always boasted flexibility in where our team works, as well as providing options to work from one of our offices in Cologne, Berlin or Malmö.
Some people prefer all remote, while others like to be in the office, and we’re finding more people like having the option to choose. We interviewed Susanne Triepel, who’s been with eyeo since 2018 as one of our Events Managers, about why she likes the autonomy to work from home but with the option to work from the Berlin office when needed.
Question: Where in the world do you work?
Susanne: I work from Berlin, Germany. I work full-time and I’m a mother to a teenage son, so even though eyeo has an amazing office in Berlin-Mitte, I choose to work mostly from home. It’s often times more convenient that way, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when I had to handle my job and homeschool simultaneously. eyeo does an amazing job providing flexibility. I feel really privileged compared to other parents when it comes to support. eyeo’s infrastructure and collaboration tools are fantastic. There’s no difference between working from home or from the eyeo offices. With the exception of the Berlin office’s authentic Italian coffee maker that unfortunately isn’t provided for each home office.
eyeo’s Berlin office
Question: Tell us a little about your role at eyeo.
Susanne: I work as an Events Manager in Corporate Communications. I’m responsible for concepts and organization of all aspects of external events, including sponsorship for the events and projects, and I’m also responsible for finding and supporting the event speakers we enlist. I’m a public speaker myself. Although I was a shy kid, I attended drama class in elementary school and was hooked by speaking in front of an audience. I like entertaining and engaging people and I’m happy whenever I’m invited to speak. For many years, I worked for agencies in strategic and crisis communications and was often a kind of last-minute stage consultant for speakers. I learned so much and love to help others to become better speakers. At eyeo, we have several daily video calls and present regularly to others. Even though the content may change, the fundamentals of a good presentation stay the same whether it’s internal or external.
Question: What does your workday look like?
Susanne: I start very early. Even though the Teenager sleeps late, my body and brain hear the bell at 5 am, as in the toddler days. I prepare a coffee, and I read messages in the Chat System first, then email, then I check the calendar for that day. If I want to work from the office, I hop on my bike and head over. I really love being in a quiet office all alone before my other colleagues arrive, no offense: I love them but feel a bit like I own & rule everything, including the coffee machine. And then I start my work. The major part is working on concepts, presentations or coordinating internal units or external suppliers, checking hotels, locations or what technical set up is needed. I also get a lot of unsolicited sales pitches from event suppliers, which I hate, and call for papers, which I really love, because then I can create great presentations or panels and learn about tech topics I had no clue about.
eyeo’s Berlin office
Question: Do you prefer working remotely, in-office or a hybrid of both and why?
Susanne: Both because I love the atmosphere and the meeting spaces at the office but I also like my nice apartment.
Question: We’re now more than a year out from when COVID-19 started. Do you think work and events will ever go back to the way they were before (in due time) or are we looking at a new normal emerging?
Susanne: Hopefully there will be a new normal or standard, as I think hybrid and virtual events have such great benefits. As a parent, it is sometimes hard to arrange absences or travels. Of course, I’m well organized and traveling to events is part of my job, but it is so much easier to get access to a conference or to say: yes, I will be speaking. Before the pandemic only a few big events were providing streams or videos. I still cannot believe nobody complained. Not only parents, but all sorts of people can get access or can be reached and involved as attendees, hosts, organizers and speakers. Here at eyeo we had this standard before the pandemic, and we will not change this, but I implore other organizers or employers: please keep this flexibility & embrace an agile setting. Invest in tools to make this an ongoing standard for meetings and events moving forward.