The importance of the home office is often mentioned. Much more people than before should work at home so that the number of infections continues to decrease. Of course, that doesn’t apply to everyone: the nurse has to go to the hospital, the postman has to deliver letters. And the butcher can’t cut the pork half in the living room. There are, however, surprising exceptions.
For example, a representative from M-net rang the doorbell last week. He had a really great offer, said the representative with a smile that he thought was trustworthy and that was clearly visible because the mouth and nose protection was hanging under his mouth and nose. Without further ado, he gave the resident a really great offer: super-fast internet, no effort, and that for only 30 euros per month. Deal?
Taking by surprise is one of the most important strategies of the sales representative profession. In no case should the victim – representatives would say: the customer – be given time to think. Because if you think about it, you might come to the realization that you don’t necessarily need the advertised hyper-suction power vacuum cleaner, nor the ultra-sharp knife set made of Shirogami steel. If you think about it, you may also be less likely to sign long-term gag agreements. With unforeseeable consequences for the entire toggle contract industry.
So the M-net representative wasted no time. Like an investigator, he questioned the resident: What is the name of the current internet provider? How long does the gag contract run? How slow is the internet exactly? And again, M-net has a really great offer. Unfortunately, you have to make a quick decision, otherwise it would be gone.
Build up pressure – that is also very important. Seen in this way, it is understandable that the M-net representative refuses to work from home: it is much more difficult to generate pressure from a distance. Letters and calls can be ignored. Not an easy situation, of course. However, one would have expected M-net, a modern telecommunications company with super-fast Internet, to be more creative. In times of general reduced contact, visiting people in the same way, and with face masking in need of improvement, that’s really not a great offer.
“Sex sells” – that was the motto of the American fashion chain Abercrombie & Fitch for a long time. At the opening of the branch on Sendlinger Strasse eight years ago, men presented their washboard bellies to passers-by, tight jeans sitting low on their hips. Today there are rubble containers in front of the shop in the Hofstatt, for a few days it has been cleared out and locked forever at the end of January. At the end of November, the company announced that it would close some of its main flagship stores in Europe, including London, Paris and Munich.
The fashion retailer, founded in New York in 1892, suffered like many others from the consequences of the corona pandemic. But the problems go back much further. Like any self-respecting fashion brand, Abercrombie & Fitch sells not just clothes, but an attitude towards life. In the case of the New York company, it was shaped by beauty, fitness and youth.
Mike Jeffries, head of Abercrombie & Fitch until 2014, determined the corporate strategy for a long time with sentences like this: “We want the cool kids. Many people have no place in our clothing.” Exclusion was part of the concept. Young women who fit in size L found nothing in the perfumed shops. And yet – or perhaps because of it – it was possible for some time to sell fashion for young people at very high prices.
The Abercrombie & Fitch lettering, which shone from many sweaters, seemed to convey mysterious properties to its wearers. And so in the beginning you saw young people in front of the branch in Sendlinger Straße, queuing up with dad or grandma, some shopping, others paying. But in the long run the target group of the young and beautiful was too sharp.
In addition, there were always headlines that did not fit the cool image. There were allegations of racism because almost exclusively whites worked in US branches. The company has been sued – and convicted – several times. At the same time, reports were circulating about questionable working conditions among seamstresses in Asia. And so the hype surrounding the brand has long since subsided.
Regardless of how appropriate or unsuitable the label is for the present, the end in the Hofstatt also shows how difficult it is today for individual companies to run expensive flagship stores in the city center when there are no passers-by and more and more people shopping on the internet. Despite the lockdown, the Hamburg-based Quantum Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, which owns Hofstatt, has already found a new tenant for Abercrombie & Fitch’s 3000 square meter shop. She doesn’t want to reveal who that is yet.
The trade journal “Textilwirtschaft” reports from “well-informed circles” that this could be the US furniture store RH, which maintains more than 100 so-called galleries in the USA. RH sees itself as a beneficiary of the corona crisis because the demand for furniture and home accessories has increased. A spokeswoman for the company did not want to comment on the plans.
Hans Well was part of the “Biermösl Blosn” for 32 years. He still hasn’t got over the breakup. About the temptation to succeed, fragile family ties and his future plans with the “Wellbappn”.
Interview by Sabine Reithmaier
The excitement was great when the planned separation of the Biermösl Blosn became public in the summer of 2011. From his point of view, however, not much has changed since then, Gerhard Polt told Frankenpost last November in one of the many interviews that appeared on the occasion of the 40-year stage partnership with the Well brothers: one brother had left the group, another had come . Polt continues with the Wellbrüder aus’m Biermoos alias Michael, Christoph (“Stofferl”) and the “newcomer” Karl Well. The departed brother, who is almost never mentioned in the interviews, although he was part of the team for 32 years, is Hans Well. To find out how he is doing with this strange silence, we visit him in Zankenhausen (Fürstenfeldbruck district). During a long conversation, the 67-year-old gives the impression that, even after eight years, he still hasn’t quite got over the separation. His wife Sabeeka Gangjee-Well is also sitting at the table.
The city’s entire staff council invites you to a discussion on the subject of home office in the town hall. Ursula Hofmann and her deputy Constantin Dietl-Dinev often work from home, but they also come to the office regularly. In order to process mail, but above all: to be present and approachable for the city employees. As a result of the corona pandemic, the city has made “a leap 30 years forward” in terms of modern work, says Dietl-Dinev. He and his colleague Hofmann are happy about it. The virus has made possible what you have always pleaded for in the staff council: more freedom for employees.
The city of Munich had its first service agreement on teleworking 20 years ago, but a new agreement on mobile working and home office followed in 2019. But until the corona pandemic, only a few took advantage of this opportunity. Last spring, the city then asked the executives to allow home office wherever possible. Not everyone liked it. Many bosses initially had a problem with no longer having direct control over their employees, reports the staff council. According to the motto: Are they doing anything? But meanwhile a rethink has taken place. On both sides, as Ursula Hofmann emphasizes, because the willingness of the employees was not too pronounced before.
Of course, the city also has jobs that are not possible in a home office. Street cleaners have to go out on the street, employees in authorities with customer contact – for example in the social department or in the district administration department – have to be there for their customers. Kindergarten teachers cannot raise children from their living rooms.
Last week the federal and state governments decided to impose stricter requirements on the home office for employers. If it is not possible to work from home, you will have to justify it in the future. Authorities can carry out spot checks or take action when there is a hint and even impose fines or shut down production facilities if employers insist on the presence of their employees for no good reason. A “right to work from home”, as Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) originally wanted, will not exist – at least not in the course of the fight against corona.
There are no figures for how many employees in Munich are currently working from home. But you can try to get closer to the situation.
At the city’s largest employer, the city itself, theoretically 22,000 out of 40,000 employees are able to work from home. They have tokens with which they can access the city network. Every day, 15,000 log in this way, a spokesman for the personnel department announced. And those who take advantage of the opportunity are obviously happy to do so: three quarters of those surveyed stated in a survey in November that they could imagine working from home on a regular basis in the future. Every second person would even do without a permanent office workstation. And every second part-time employee could imagine increasing their working hours if regular home office is possible. Staff council Dietl-Dinev therefore thinks the new federal and state regulation is good, it also strengthens the staff representatives. The only thing he doesn’t understand: that the regulation should only apply until March 15th. The city had anticipated the decisions anyway – executives had to justify it when home office was not possible.
Even large corporations find it comparatively easy to offer work from home. At least that’s what an exemplary survey of some companies shows. The financial service provider Allianz had a company agreement before Corona that enables voluntary mobile work. In March of last year, between 80 and 90 percent of employees were in the home office – and that’s how it is again today. The technical possibilities for this were created before the pandemic. And so, in view of the high number of infections, one could call for increased caution and ask to only come to the office in urgent cases.
People at Munich Airport are relaxed about the new regulations. “We have no open-plan offices and our server capacities were already increased in the first lockdown,” says a spokesman. “So many employees can work in the home office.” He also regularly uses the opportunity. When the job demands it, he doesn’t take the S-Bahn to the office, but rather his car. “Mass transportation is too dangerous for me,” he says.
The BMW Group has also heard that they support the appeal of the federal government, as it has been a practice for years. There are no rigid guidelines for individual work areas because the tasks in research and development, purchasing, production and personnel are very different. Often, a high degree of cooperation between many different people is necessary, virtually or on site. For example, an employee in vehicle development can discuss a new model with colleagues in the morning at the research center in Munich and then answer e-mails in the home office. A production employee, on the other hand, cannot do his or her work from home and is therefore at the Munich plant in compliance with all protective measures.
Home office as a natural part of the new world of work – this is not the case everywhere. Jana Klinger (name changed) only wants to talk anonymously about her situation because she is afraid for her job. She works for a non-profit association, in a small team with less than ten colleagues. Most of the board members are over 60, she says, “a different generation”. Home office is not welcome. They were allowed to work from home for one week in March 2020.
When it started to wear the mask, they had to go back to the office. There is no reason for it, says Klinger – she and her colleagues do traditional office work. Two or three of them sat in a small space. To this day there is an immense distrust among the bosses, according to the motto: People do not work properly in the home office. Whenever she brought up the subject, it was said: You don’t have to work here. Or: you already know how difficult the job situation is? Klinger took this as a threat.
Before Christmas, she asked to be able to work from home for a week so that she could visit her sick mother after she had isolated herself. Politicians had recommended it. Only after long requests did the bosses give in and emphasize that it was an absolute exception. After all, Klinger and her colleagues have recently been allowed to take turns: one works at home, one in the office. She does not have high hopes for the settlement. The bosses would already find a reason why continuous work in the home office should supposedly not be possible.
Vanessa Hans doesn’t want her real name to appear in the newspaper either. Your case also shows that home office is a sensitive issue in some companies. Since the partial lockdown began in November, Hans has been allowed to work at home again. Before that, her company, a financial services provider, had to be present all summer long. The employees shared offices with eight, sometimes 15 workplaces. “If you didn’t agree with your colleagues, everyone was inside in the end,” she says. As part of their team, they created a list to organize who comes to the office and when. And even now there are meetings of several people taking place in one room. It is true that you keep your distance, and as soon as you get up, you must wear a mask. “But if someone is sick, we probably couldn’t contain it,” fears Hans. Those who are still going to work even go to lunch together in their teams, “and when everyone goes out to eat, you don’t stay alone in the office”. Recently it turned out that a colleague was infected with the coronavirus – but the employees who were with him were not informed by the employer, but by the person concerned himself. “It was weak,” she says, “that there was no communication at all.”
And what about the universities? At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), many employees in the past few weeks would have wished to be able to work from home. But they felt obliged to go to their office. This may be due to the fact that President Thomas Hofmann informed the TUM employees in a letter shortly before Christmas that “home office on a generous basis” could be made possible. Ultimately, however, he leaves the decision of whether or not to bring their people into the house to the superiors in the faculties and departments. So far, colleagues who live far outside of Munich have also been ordered to Arcisstrasse.
In the university itself, she feels safe due to the hygiene rules, but the way there is a daily risk, says a research assistant who does not want to be named. Her boss, she reports, is subordinate to his team that less is done in the home office and recently put it that way. She is amazed at this attitude, which runs contrary to the often-quoted demands of TUM professors Ulrike Protzer (virologist) and Alena Buyx (chairwoman of the German Ethics Council) for more contact restrictions. Another employee, who also wants to remain anonymous, says the university is a “great modern employer”. So she couldn’t understand why so many bosses insisted on being present.
Julian Nagelsmann refrained from declaring war on Bayern Munich. With RB Leipzig the coach is still the first hunter of the record champions after the first half of the Bundesliga, but nobody wants to put unnecessary pressure on the Saxons. “We don’t have an obligation to become German champions,” said Nagelsmann after the 1-0 (0-0) win over 1. FC Union Berlin.
Leipzig is four points behind the leader from Munich. Four points that RB unnecessarily gave away in Nagelsmann’s eyes. Victories were possible against Cologne (0-0) and Wolfsburg (2-2), the 33-year-old calculated: “We are basically satisfied with the first half of the season.”
Especially in view of the complicated preparation for the season, Leipzig’s performance stands out. Like FC Bayern, RB played the final tournament of the Champions League in Lisbon in August. There followed a short break and another triple load in the first half of the season.
Nagelsmann wants to build on the good appearance. “We’re trying our best to be successful and to get the most out of the second half of the season,” he said.
The minimum goal is to qualify for the Champions League again. In the end, it is also up to Bayern Munich whether it is enough. “There is still a team above us,” said Nagelsmann, who had no sympathy for the recent crisis debate about Bayern.
Munich would have had a phase in which they would not have shown the usual dominance. But: »You still scored at least four points more than all the other teams. So the crisis can’t be that bad. “
Victory against the favorite scare
Nagelsmann’s appearance against Union gave Nagelsmann the courage to hunt down the industry leader. The league’s favorite scare, which had previously wrested points from FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, also held up well against RB.
But the Leipzig people’s patience paid off. Substitute playmaker Emil Forsberg (70th) broke the spell. For his team, success is “a small maturation process,” said Nagelsmann, who praised the calm of his players.
Union also earned recognition. The Berlin team scored 28 points in 17 games, and the underdog developed into a surprise team. Sixth place and the prospect of a place in the European Cup are proof of good work. The conclusion is “of course positive,” said coach Urs Fischer. Nevertheless, he held on to his mantra. “We’re not through yet. The objective remains the same, that means: staying up, “said the Swiss:” For that you need a few points. We have to work on that. “
There are some things “that we can do better,” emphasized Fischer. »When I look at the statistics and see a pass rate of 91 percent in Leipzig and only 79 percent in our case. You have to be able to get out of pressure situations and remain precise. We can improve that. ”Marvin Friedrich saw it that way too. “It’s getting better and better,” said the defender. The defeat in Leipzig should be made up for quickly. “We’ve got a really big cushion down. We can be confident, but you can also get into a bad phase quickly. Of course we don’t hope so, ”said midfielder Robert Andrich. SID
Audio book:Close to the present with a lust for ridicule
“The lodging house for the swaying globe” brings together texts by Franziska zu Reventlow.
From Antje Weber
“God, yes, the countess!” Two friends exchange gossip in a Munich pub. So the countess, one whispers, is now supposedly writing horror novels because she went bankrupt with a dairy business. The fact that she was able to open it at all surprised everyone with her constant lack of money.
Franziska zu Reventlow’s “The Count’s Milk Shop”, like many of her stories, is closely based on her own biography; a hundred years ago, the writer and “scandal countess”, who was famous far beyond the Schwabing bohemian, tried her hand at a dairy shop. She always had financial worries; She got some money from translations and literary work for magazines. Eleven of these texts, compiled in her last book “Das Logierhaus zur Schwankenden Weltkugel und other Novellen”, published during her lifetime in 1917, can be listened to in a fine audio book from LohrBär-Verlag – read by different speakers and sometimes more, sometimes less accompanied by effects. In the milk shop text, for example, train station noises and the clatter of hooves from horse-drawn carriages reflect life in Munich in a particularly vivid way.
All in all, these stories sparkle due to the writer’s good powers of observation and ridicule. And the eponymous story in particular seems unexpectedly topical: guests in a “lodging house” on a Spanish island get into trouble. Signs such as “Hay viruelas” are intended to prevent them from entering other hotels – the leaves get around. There are also vaccinations and quarantine. Just one more reason to be inspired by Reventlow’s stories today.
Franziska zu Reventlow: The lodging house to the swaying globe. Audio book (with MP3-CD plus USB stick), LohrBär Verlag, approx. 250 minutes, 19.90 euros (download 13.95 euros)
Frankfurt The corona crisis has not slowed the price increase on the real estate market – on the contrary. In the last year of the crisis, the purchase prices of condominiums in 75 of the 81 major German cities climbed further, in some cases by more than 30 percent.
This is the result of a current evaluation of the online portal Immowelt, which has examined the development of the asking prices for condominiums with 40 to 120 square meters on its website. The prices reflect the median of the apartments offered on immowelt.de in 2019 and 2020.
Accordingly, Munich is by far the most expensive city. Here, after an increase of eight percent, buyers currently have to pay 8,150 euros per square meter. In 2019, the median was still 7580 euros.
Corona-Pandemie:Munich is not planning its own alcohol ban
Innkeepers and kiosks are theoretically allowed to sell alcohol and mulled wine on the street again. Why those responsible in the city stay calm anyway.
The city administration takes it right that the Bavarian Administrative Court overturned the Bavaria-wide alcohol ban on Tuesday. Basically nothing changes, according to district administration officer Thomas Böhle (SPD): “Leaving the apartment around the clock is only allowed for good reasons throughout Bavaria. Alcohol consumption is not one of them.” In addition, the nightly curfew also applies across Bavaria between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
“There is no need for any further regulation,” said Böhle. And the Second Mayoress Katrin Habenschaden (Greens) says: “The point is that people do not meet in groups and drink. And that is ultimately not a valid reason.”
This means that the Munich inns and kiosks can theoretically again offer alcohol and mulled wine in street sales. Big business is not to be expected, because you are still only allowed to meet members of your own household and at most one other person. Violations are punished with a fine of 150 euros if the police discover something like this during their controls. The district administration department also appeals “to prudence and reason”. According to Böhle, “it is really not about looking for every loophole, no matter how small, and exhausting it to the limit”.
Opinion makers in the cultural sector who have a problem with the Israeli state act as if they are in the minority. The opposite is the case. The grotesque theses of supposed critics of Israel have already shifted political discourse to that extent. .
FFP2 masks have been mandatory in buses, trains and shops since Monday. But it will probably take a while before the needy receive the five free masks promised by the Free State. The Munich social department now has to distribute more than 500,000 masks at lightning speed, because sanctions in the event of violations will only be waived this week. “For our administration, the distribution is an unprecedented feat of strength,” explained social affairs officer Dorothee Schiwy and criticized the fact that the Free State made its commitment “at short notice and without prior agreement on the back of the municipality”. Only through the extraordinary commitment of many employees can it be guaranteed that tens of thousands of needy Munich residents are provided with masks at short notice.
Since, according to the social department, the masks will not be picked up by the Free State until this Tuesday or could be delivered from Wednesday, the social department secured 400,000 masks on Monday from the stock managed by the Munich fire department – a total of 54 pallets. An external logistics service provider took over the picking and distribution. A total of 130,000 masks are to be brought to the twelve social bourgeoisie on Tuesday morning together with the standard letter from the Free State and the necessary large envelopes. There, the employees then begin packing the masks in the envelopes and addressing them to those receiving basic income support in old age and with reduced earning capacity, as well as assistance with livelihood. The finished shipments are then to be brought to the parcel center in 1200 post boxes by the municipal transport service. The FFP2 masks should then reach the people by the end of the week.
“All Munich citizens who receive services from the Munich Job Center will receive free masks promptly & by post,” tweeted the Job Center and asked them to note: “There is no provision for masks to be issued in the Job Center offices.” Because of the enormous logistical effort involved in sending 260,000 masks to more than 40,000 Hartz IV households, the job center decided to have the FFP2 masks sent by an external service provider. A social enterprise had been selected for this. In the interests of health protection for customers, it was absolutely essential to avoid having to pick up the masks personally.
Around 120,000 masks are to be distributed to family carers. The issue takes place via the social bourgeoisie and the elderly and service centers. Relatives must bring the letter from the nursing care insurance company with them stating the degree of nursing care as proof of entitlement to benefits. The municipal transport service also brings masks to the facilities for the homeless, to youth welfare houses and asylum seekers’ accommodation, where they are distributed via the facility management. Since Monday, the Munich Aids Aid organization has been giving out free FFP2 masks to its clients and staff.
In social organizations such as the VdK, the FFP2 mask requirement was met with massive criticism because of the associated costs for those in need, whereupon Prime Minister Markus Söder announced the free distribution of 2.5 million masks. Ulrike Mascher, chairwoman of the VdK Bayern sees high-quality masks as the right measure. Individual prices of up to six euros, however, could not be borne by people with small pensions, basic security or low incomes.