Many colleagues have been in the home office for months and the lockdown is becoming more and more uncomfortable for everyone as time goes by. So that no one feels abandoned, our bosses have decided to give the staff a Corona care package.
With soap, toys, sports equipment, nerve food and other gifts, the package is filled to the brim to brighten up the current everyday life. On top of that, some Oldenburg businesses are very happy to be supported during this time. Continue to come through the lockdown well!
The days are getting warmer, the sun is beaming its brightest smile and colleagues are cycling to work at a comfortable 40 km/h.... That's right, because many employees have treated themselves to a new bicycle with company support.
It doesn't matter whether it's a pedelec, e-bike, racing bike or cargo bike: emsys takes over a leasing contract for the bike and offsets the instalments against the salary. Thanks to tax benefits, the colleagues save a quarter of the purchase price. The offer has been in place for about half a year and already every seventh emsys employee has treated himself to an upgrade to a faster bike.
On the emsys-owned volleyball court they are already digging! Unfortunately, at the moment only with heavy equipment, but hopefully in the summer can be played there in the sand.
The excavators are now first making tabula rasa with the whole area, so that in the course of spring a pretty garden can be created around our building. There will be some seating for breaks and meetings, a fire pit, lots of useful and ornamental plants and of course the volleyball court. We are all very excited and looking forward to summer at the pond.
In times of Corona, the regular board game evenings at emsys have unfortunately been suspended for the time being. But our colleagues are used to making the best of the circumstances via software: We have recently started playing Among Us.
Each player plays his or her part in completing tasks on a spaceship. However, two randomly selected players are not real crew members but secret saboteurs. Following the principle of the well-known "Werewolves" game, but distanced at their own computers, the emsys colleagues have thus already spent several hours with suspicions and clarifications.
The fact that emsys is always under power is nothing new. What is new, however, is that the electricity flows from the roof into the employees' cars.
The output of our solar plant is now being tapped in the car park. One of the two charging columns is already hard at work, supplying three of our colleagues' cars with fresh green electricity. So we have become one step greener again.
No one who knows how much the emsys folk love their bikes will be surprised that an extra portion of heart and soul went into the construction of our bike shelter. Just in time for autumn, our bikes got a new home.
With lots of wood in the style of our building and with an angular design, the carpenters have built us a befitting shelter. Under the 12x8 metre roof, all bicycles find a dry place even after the home office phase. If one of them should break down, it can be repaired in the workshop in the small shed. Our bicycle lovers now know that their treasures are well looked after.
The current situation requires alternative ways of meeting. Instead of a Christmas party, we have been busy making gifts and thus forging quite unexpected bonds.
With a lot of energy, we will soon be heading into the New Year. We wish all readers a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!
Another new property at emsys? Santa Claus has thought of something very special this year.
As every year, he presented us with a wonderful table of gifts, but this time limited to Corona-compliant goodies. In addition, our most direct neighbors were also thought of: Santa Claus gave us a bird feeder complete with grains, which we will place in the garden in front of the canteen. After all, we installed a large number of bird feeders on the building last spring, and it would be a shame not to get our subtenants through the winter.
While the birdies have already been given presents, our colleagues don't need to complain. Instead of a Christmas party, we are having a Secret Santa this year and the first batch of presents is already under the tree.
The oaks are losing their leaves. According to forester Dirksen, now is the optimal time for the second planting attempt of our future emsys forest. This had gone wrong the first time, last spring, because of drought. Let's see if the winter brings us more luck...
Now the all-terrain planting machine, a mini caterpillar, cuts the turf a second time and presses the planting gap apart with its plow tip. Once again, the young oak saplings are inserted and two clamping wheels press the gap closed again. Careful finishing work is also done this time by the feet of the third planting helper.
In the rows of trees are planted alternately three oaks and one hornbeam. The alkaline hornbeams compensate for the acidity of the oaks and provide good humus soil, which also pleases insects. In addition, the low hornbeams with strong leaves reduce the incidence of light and thus the growth of grass, with which the oaks compete for soil water.
Normally, the marsh or clay soil present here is ideal for planting. The former seabed is rich in nutrients, has a high lime content and stores a lot of moisture. But what is normal in times of climate change? Let's hope that today's drizzle, which favors planting, is a humid harbinger for "our" forest and that we can soon reduce our carbon footprint.
Admittedly: Even with the luxury of a comfortable home office, the last twelve months can hardly be called a bed of roses at the moment. But we don't care, because emsys celebrates the festivities as they fall - and now we've been in our own building for a year.
Zwar sind, nach eigenem Ermessen, noch nicht alle Kollegen wieder regelmäßig im Haus, aber die Anwesenden konnten sich zum Jahrestag über ein Stück Geburtstagstorte freuen. Happy Einzugstag, emsys-Büros!
It's no big secret that we're working toward a sustainable future. Many aspects of this goal are united in the Kidical Mass alliance, which works to make cities bike-friendly for kids (and everyone else).
On World Children's Day, 20.09., a children's bicycle demonstration took place for the first time in Oldenburg, to which 700 cyclists, 330 of them children, turned up. Many emsys colleagues participated and we are happy to have supported the demonstration.
The signed petition with demands for safe bike lanes, a sensible school bike lane network and speed limits was delivered to the mayor on Sunday. The local broadcaster oeins has published a report on it, which can be viewed on YouTube. More info on the campaign, which is to be repeated in March 2021, is available at verkehrswandel.de.
Since the beginning of 2018, we have been the proud owners of 1.7 hectares of grassland in the Wesermarsch region of Schweiburg/Rönnelmoor. The background for the purchase was the desire to reforest this area as compensation for CO2 emissions caused by us. After the application was submitted, the planting finally started on March 26, 2020.
This was preceded by the construction of a fence to protect against deer and the mulching of the area in preparation for the planting machine. The machine planted a total of 5,350 English oaks, 1,800 hornbeams and white beeches, 775 red alders, and 125 hazelnut, snowball, and hawthorn bushes each in the planting gap of approximately 40 cm depth.
We were looking forward to organizing our first barbecue at the edge of the 8,425 little trees, of course - how could it be otherwise - with a few wind turbines as a familiar backdrop on the neighboring property. For this first barbecue next to new green trees, however, climate change is unfortunately throwing a spanner in the works.
Because at the beginning of June we had to realize that a large part of the plants had dried up. "I have never experienced such a dried-out, freshly planted tree population in the Wesermarsch," says a disappointed forester Dirksen, surveying the tree seedlings, which are about one meter high. The sobering conclusion: the majority of the area will have to be replanted in the fall. At least Corona will hopefully no longer stand in our way, so that some of us will probably be able to attend the planting procedure next time.