On the way to fresh ideas

Categories: Benefits, Employees

The HERMES Group’s flexitime system makes it easy for employees to balance their private and professional lives. Depending on how the contractual working hours are distributed, employees can start the weekend as early as Friday midday.

Tobias Arnold, Head of HR & Internal Communication, takes advantage of this opportunity to pursue his mountain running hobby in the early afternoon on Fridays.

For Tobias Arnold, the short Friday is an ideal opportunity to combine hobbies, work and family. In winter, when it gets dark early, he can still pursue his hobby in the light on Friday afternoons without needing a headtorch.

„In addition, doing something “for yourself” on Friday afternoon is the ideal compensation for the four sometimes very long and intensive days, Monday to Thursday, before the weekend starts.”

Endurance – both mental and physical – is essential for mountain running. He builds stamina, as well as the ability to persevere, through his hobby and uses this for intense days of work.

“For me it is also mental hygiene to have a buffer between my work and private life; it is meditative when I do it alone but I also like having company.”

Up on the mountain, not only do you clear your head, but you also come up with lots of new ideas for your day-to-day work: the “right” mix of coronavirus measures, concept ideas for the HR development programme and approaches for the further development of one’s own team are just a few of the thoughts that arose in the fresh mountain air.

Fortunately, Tobias Arnold’s favourite routes are not far from the German HERMES Group locations:

– Bad Tölz/Lenggries mountain region
Zwiesel, Blomberg and Heiglkopf in combination is a beautiful classic, just like a run on the Brauneck or the Seekarkreuz.

– Tegernsee mountain region:
The Wallberg is a splendid running route.

As a former “Salzburger by choice”, Tobias Arnold also recommends trails in the region around Salzburg.