At least since the outbreak of the corona virus and the associated change in everyday working life, a clear change in German corporate culture has been noticeable. Home office and virtual meetings not only change social interaction, but can also offer space for more flexible working hours.
Wolfgang Grupp, owner and managing director of the textile company Trigema, is skeptical about this change. In an interview with the news magazine “Focus Online” on leadership and performance, the German entrepreneur spoke out against innovative work concepts such as flexible time management. For Grupp, this would send the wrong signals to the employees and seem to place too much emphasis on private life. However, he expects his employees’ work and performance to come first.
High expectations of yourself and the employees
This expectation is also reflected in communication. As Grupp emphasized in the interview, he refused to do anything because a respectful approach was important and he could only expect “decency and performance” in return.
Likewise, Grupp cannot imagine a reduced management of the company and expect full commitment from himself and his employees. As he explained in the interview, he claims to always be present and available for feedback from his employees. These, in turn, would also work for the company “because they are needed and are aware of it”.
For “Focus Online”, Grupp emphasized that good teamwork is important to ensure the success of the company. If the employees are satisfied, this is reflected in their performance and the career of the company.
My employees have to be well so that I am well
In return, he said he was too good for nothing to keep his employees busy. To do this, it is essential to react to the conditions on the market and to show flexibility.
The entrepreneur sees flexibility as necessary, especially when the economic situation changes. It is important to recognize and implement changes in good time in order to remain successful as a company. Only because of this did his company set up its own online mail order business years ago and thus now survived the coronavirus crisis well, as Grupp explained to “Focus Online”.