We really have a hard time. Our cooks bake the most delicious desserts, but no one dares to use the fancy portafilter coffee machine. In the meantime, however, we have increased the kitchen staff and were finally able to appoint a colleague as a barista.
Since then, the silver machine purrs three times a week at lunchtime and spoils us with all kinds of coffee specialties, which are lovingly served. After fulfilling our caffeine-addicted desires, we start the second half of the day with renewed vigor.
All of a sudden, the year is already over. We wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Moving house is one of those things. Despite circulars and forwarding requests, you always have to worry that someone might not have noticed the change of address. But the anxiety has now come to an end: Santa Claus has found us at the new location.
No wonder, after all, his colleagues had diligently placed shoes and cookies in the foyer the night before – how could he resist? Despite the larger area, he did a great job again. A trail of nuts led to a table where he had set up all sorts of sweets, stollen, clementines and tea for us. Presumably, walnuts (and well stuffed employees) will be rolling through the hallways for days to come.
This year, we are once again taking the opportunity to help shape the future in other ways: We are sponsoring the Children's Book Fair in Oldenburg for the seventh time.
This year, the theme is "Welcome! KIBUM meets Great Britain" under the patronage of book illustrator Tony Ross. In the fine English way, children's books by British authors will be read aloud and staged bilingually. KIBUM 2019 will take place from November 09 to 19 at the PFL Oldenburg. The program and more info are available here – have fun!
Long before the move, it was already clear that we employees also wanted to contribute something to our new building. In this way, we were able to thank our bosses for the fact that they had not only restricted themselves to practical aspects in months of painstaking work, but above all had a building built for us to feel good in. From the beginning it was clear that we were collecting for a tree. The choice of species, on the other hand, was influenced by all sorts of criteria until the tree committee finally decided on a copper rock pear.
In fact, all colleagues were even able to keep the secret almost in its entirety from our bosses until the deadline, so they received a real surprise from us. Our new 5m tall garden resident was delivered yesterday and ceremoniously installed in front of the building. Now we are looking forward to the first flowering of the pear in April.
The climate protection movement "Fridays for Future" has called for a worldwide climate strike on September 20. Of course, we can't miss it!
On the occasion of the UN climate summit in New York, numerous demonstrations were held across the globe this Friday to uphold the Paris climate protection agreement. At 12 noon, many of our colleagues were therefore gathered at Oldenburg station to join the protest march to Schlossplatz. Our bosses, who are very concerned about this issue, considered the participation as working time.
After months of planning, the time has finally come: We have moved into our new building. Goodbye, business incubator – hello, our own building!
On Friday, all colleagues packed boxes and labeled furniture, and on Monday morning from 8 a.m. they entered their new domicile for the first time. Everyone quickly found their new office and all departments settled in enthusiastically. Since the coffee machine had already been installed, the day's work continued immediately.
In the evening, our bosses ceremoniously opened the slide from the 2nd floor and after everyone had tested it, a rally of the building took place where everyone learned the intricacies of the new 'home'. Afterwards, our new chef opened the buffet and we celebrated with families our long-awaited move-in.
In July, we were again drawn to our second home on Spiekeroog. Driven by the beautiful weather, our boss decided at short notice to reach the island on foot, because he is a mudflat guide.
Already on Thursday evening, he set out with the most adventurous colleagues to take up the march through the mudflats, which lasted several hours. Around 11 p.m. the hikers reached Spiekeroog and the next morning they welcomed their other colleagues who arrived by ferry.
In our regular accommodation we first had lunch and then we split up according to interest in the different workshops that the colleagues had prepared. We used the opportunity to get a taste of areas that we are not usually involved with and to get to know the projects from the perspective of the other departments. After dinner, we gathered on the beach for a leisurely evening.
On Saturday, after breakfast or brunch, we used the beach for various sports equipment we had brought with us, and from castle moat building to sport kite flying, all colleagues were well occupied. After a final open-air cake buffet, we took the ferry back home around 5:30 pm.
Now that our new building is completely closed, things are getting exciting inside. The large spiral staircase has recently been installed in the foyer.
On all floors, the painters, carpet and parquet layers and, of course, the electricians are busy transforming our building from a mere shell into a cozy and modern domicile. Nothing stands in the way of our moving in this fall.
Parties are for partying! And, of course, every good party needs a cake. That's what the team thought that lovingly referred to its internal issue tracker as "Pinapple" as it approached its ten-thousandth ticket. Shortly thereafter, a customized "calorie bomb" was ordered and, after all the sparklers were burned, the emsys team gobbled up the exquisite work of art. Thus, all colleagues had their own delicious part of the small anniversary festival.
For years we have booked a secluded hotel where the entire emsys-clan can rule as it pleases. The program began with talks by colleagues and we learned about several new topics on developments in software and strategy.
After lunch, as the program began approaching the topic of "surprise", the bosses began rubbing their hands together: everything had been prepared for an energy transition workshop (German: Energiewende). Beside the seminar room was waiting an abundance of construction material and, after a short take of inventory, the colleagues split into groups in order to build wind turbines and similar structures. Feeling totally at home, the emsys team began constructing with wood, cables, Legos, and much more.
Hours later, "Team Weather" was able to to simulate energy sources, while "Team Consumer" had built an illuminated Lego city. "Team Connection" sat with cables and glowing eyes at a laptop in order to connect the project to the Virtual Power Plant. "Team Wind Turbines" impressed with three hardly wobbling wind turbines of various dimensions, including a completely new development in bundling wind power and reached a whopping 0,08 V. "Team Pump Storage Power Plant" had stacked and unreasonable number of banks, producing 4 V via the inclined slope to a self-made water wheel. Team "Wave Power Plant" drove a Lego seaman over and over into his wet death as they generated 0,002 V.
After the "Energiewende" had been successfully introduced (on a small scale), we allowed ourselves the luxury of a comfortable evening on the beach.
On Saturday morning, the teams presented their works to the other groups and earned a befitting round of applause. Thereafter, the entire emsys team prepared themselves for an upcoming scavenger hunt with a large portion of sunscreen. Eight groups were selected and marked with meteorological decal tattoos before each team was equipped with a task list and initial riddle. The strategists secured bonus points for energetic shell pictures, the tinkerers googled for "pile moorings" on the island or pored over a picture puzzle and, soon enough, all colleagues were strewn over the island, storming from station to station.
Five hours later, we conglomerated right on time at the harbour in order to set-off back home. The winners were crowned on the mainland. The third-place team "Sleet" received air-socks; the team "Southwest Wind" came in second place and received mouse pads with offshore wind farms and the main prize, T-shirts with the "emsystemized" Spierkeroog coat of arms, went to the team "Storm Warning".
At 8pm, we had arrived back in Oldenburg and placed the Energiewende constructions in the meeting room. It was a taxing but successful company outing where the organizers had completely earned a final round of a applause.
The grandios summary of the two days was prepared by the team "Video Documentation". Have fun watching!