What’s changed for you since your first day at LeasePlan 14 years ago?
The location, for a start. When I started working at LeasePlan, we were still based in Neuss. At that time I was an Executive Assistant and we all had smaller offices. Most of us shared our office with somebody else. The management also had their own separate offices.
When we relocated to Dusseldorf’s Media Harbour a few years ago many things changed. The open-plan offices were a completely new concept for many people. But it didn’t take me long to get used to it. Now our managers work in the same room as we do and we can talk to them directly. I don’t have my own desk any more, so I can choose which desk I want to work at. When I’m in the office I often sit opposite other team members. Two days a week I work from home.
Apart from the different location many things have changed enormously over recent years in the car business, both work-related and in general. People who are willing to try new things are the perfect match for LeasePlan.
What’s the new headquarters like?
It’s definitely much better than the old one. Being based here at the Media Harbour, we have all kinds of amenities: we can go for a riverside walk along the Rhine, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for lunch and, in summer, we can just pop out and buy an ice-cream.