No colleague far and wide: Many employees threaten to get lonely in the home office.
Hundreds of thousands of Germans have been working from home for months. The companies come up with some ideas so that they do not lose social contact. A selection.
S.a colleague missed the office noise: the ringing of the telephones, the conversations in the hallway, the clearing of the throat of the person sitting next to you, explains Kristofer Gullard Lindgren from the Stockholm advertising agency Familjen. So he asked his employees whether they could dial into a conference call – they didn’t have to say anything, should just continue working and thus provide the usual background noise. It was April and even in Sweden most companies had advised their employees to work from home. Lindgren’s colleague was lonely.
Lindgren and the others first made fun of the colleague’s request, then they became thoughtful: Not only in Sweden, all over the world people were now working from home, the colleague was definitely not the only one who heard the beeping noise Printer’s missing. Lindgren’s agency contacted a group of sound designers and the result was a website, the success of which surprised everyone. More than two million people have visited “Sound of Colleagues” since April.