Even as a medium-sized software service provider, the jambit GmbH is affected by the effects of COVID-19. In this special situation, we experience once again that jambit benefits from the agile work culture, which is the basis of our software projects. From the beginning, either in corridor discussions or with the first intranet blog post on March 5, 2020, we had to provide answers.
What special challenges do we face as a medium-sized company in IT?
The German automotive industry is an important pillar of our company. We are concerned as well that orders are being paused or stopped. What we can do is to have answers for our customers. This includes reachability, a functioning infrastructure and well-functioning remote teams. We support our customers through flexible and dynamic interception of resource failures and motivation in the project.
Now more than ever, we benefit from our work culture. From flexible working and the fast and efficient balancing of resources in agile projects. We have been promoting to work from home even before the virus. Different offices in Munich, Leipzig and Stuttgart give us the possibility to work independently of a virus suspicion. As CEOs, we are responsible for more than 350 employees and their security. jambit is financially solid and together we will survive this crisis. At the same time, however, we are also hedging risks and preparing ourselves to have answers for more serious scenarios. As CEOs, we do not only pass on approaches to solutions and motivation openly and transparently to our employees, but also our concerns.
Our approach: Being responsive
Every company has specific structures that require certain management decisions and types of communication. What we actively strive for as CEOs: we try to answer every question of our employees personally. For example, every comment and question, e.g. on the intranet, is answered by a CEO: directly personal and honest. Employees don't need numbers now, but answers. These were questions such as "Will my upcoming further training take place?", "What about childcare?" or "What do I think about personal travel?
The current situation shows: our employees do not only continue to drive our customers' software projects forward, but also strengthen our corporate culture and take social responsibility.
Social Distancing does not mean Social Isolating
At the same time, jambit is aware of its overall social responsibility. How important are the bare numbers if our employees are not doing well? What is the point of the survival as a company if our corporate culture falls apart? We understand COVID-19 as a challenge and learning field: companies must not isolate themselves, but collaborate right now – with their own employees, with customers and with society.
Yesterday morning, two employee initiatives made it into our intranet
Virtual lunches were organized via Microsoft teams. There will even be a virtual after-work beer this Friday. And in another post, employees call on other employees to participate in the #WirVsVirus Hackathon of the German government and organize themselves for this purpose across the entire jambit network. The current situation shows: our employees do not only continue to drive our customers' software projects forward, but also strengthen our corporate culture and take social responsibility.
And we are proud of that!
Markus Hartinger and Peter Fellinger, CEOs and founders of the jambit GmbH