Tobias, Transformation Manager
At DB Schenker, we prepare our employees to tackle the changing demands of digital workplace transformation. Our main goal is future readiness.
Communication is key
After working at our Vietnam location, Tobias returned to our headquarters in Essen, Germany, where his career in Global Infrastructure Services has advanced. His main focus is the adoption of workplace software applications that ensure that our employees can work collaboratively across digital platforms. Making these transitions smooth for our employees requires extensive advance preparation and choosing the right strategy for how to approach these challenges. In order to build effective communication strategies that can be readily adopted and that will help employees improve their work performance and complete their tasks, Tobias first sets out to understand the context in which these tools will be implemented.
“I always try to get the stakeholders on board from the beginning in order to understand their needs. The common goal can only be achieved if everyone commits. Without this mindset, resistance is inevitable.”
In a company that operates globally, team coordination and most decisions are conducted via online meetings using collaborative platforms. Tobias says that the launch of Microsoft Teams, for example, helped us become closer as colleagues.
But implementing such a transformation requires months of planning, coordination, testing and employee education. It’s not just about adapting to new technology – changing how colleagues communicate and engage with each other is the main feature of such projects. These new collaborative platforms impact Tobias’ own daily work, as well as that of his colleagues.
A new challenge each time
Tobias focuses on having a well-defined concept, educating everyone involved, and implementing user tests that ensure that the entire transition process is as coherent as possible. Each time is a new challenge that requires good communication skills, but Tobias appreciates the exchange with his international colleagues.
He has found his way at DB Schenker and continues to have a great impact on how we manage our collaborations – not just locally, but also globally.
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