A day of New Work
with Marc Ruff

Marc Ruff has been working at HUGO BOSS for six years. A team lead for IT back-end applications, he’s been part of the New Work project team from the beginning. He and his colleagues thought hard about what an employee needs for effective, satisfying work. Today, the concept is practiced in many departments. Here, Marc describes what the New Work concept means for him in practice.

7:40 AM

I arrive at my department on campus. Today, I check in on a workplace next to my colleague Daniel, connect my notebook, and set the hight-adjustable table to the position I want. Daniel tells me about a brief system outage overnight.

8:00 AM

To find out the cause of the outage, I invite Tobi from the infrastructure team to an ad-hoc meeting using a Skype for Business chat session. We also get Uli from the network team in a videoconference. Uli is working from home today. After a short time, we find the cause together and define measures to avoid it in future.

9:25 AM

I free up my workplace again with a few clicks in our internal intranet and leave it the way I found it. The “clean desk” concept is a key component of New Work. I’ll be spending the rest of my time until lunch in meetings.

12:00 PM

I go jogging in the woods, then have lunch with Phil from customer experience & corporate development in the cafeteria. We discuss the next steps in the project.

New Work is the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. New Work will transform – and improve – HUGO BOSS.<br/> – Marc

1:30 PM

I find a small office where I can finish my presentation. I can work undisturbed and concentrated here. I set my status on Skype for Business to “Do not disturb”.

3:00 PM

Various meetings on the campus.

4:30 PM

The last meeting ends in building D19, so I check in on a vacant workplace there and save myself from having to walk all the way across the campus to my department. Tomorrow morning, I’ll work at home, concentrating on finishing a presentation and will take part in an online meeting with colleagues from Metzingen and Hong Kong there.