Amalie Bartnes joined Statkraft as a graduate trainee shortly before the Covid pandemic.
How has employee attitude and expectation to workplace flexibility changed since Covid?
The Covid pandemic has transformed workplace flexibility from a desirable perk to a necessity to attract and retain. Before Covid, many of us thought that working from home office wouldn’t actually work. However, the pandemic has taught us that home office can be an ideal solution in certain situations.
How do you expect your manager and Statkraft to respond?
As an employee, I expect Statkraft to adapt to the surroundings and stay updated. It is important to be met with understanding and acceptance that one solution doesn't fit all teams, and that it is up to the manager and the team to decide what works best for them as a team and individuals.
How do you feel about our hybrid working policy?
I think our hybrid working policy is a good starting point to learn more about how the new hybrid life works in practice. I understand the need to have a framework in place to evaluate how the hybrid working policy works, and that setting three permanent days is good to ensure that you are in the office the same days as your co-workers.
Do you notice any changes externally in terms of what people expect from companies related to offering flexibility?
My impression is that people have higher expectations from companies as they relate to flexibility. Not just in terms of where you work, but also when and how you work.
How important is flexibility to you in your job?
For me, flexibility is very important. Working with different projects, every week is different, and I need the space to adjust my weeks accordingly. As mentioned above, flexibility is not just about working in the office or at home, but also having the opportunity to adjust the working hours and methods.
Of course, I still highly value being in the office and seeing my colleagues, and I do really believe that being physically present is key to creating and maintaining a good organizational culture. It also helps break down silos, as it's harder to stay updated on what happens around us when we are all working from home.