“City Cycling” (“STADTRADELN”) is a European initiative from the Climate Alliance. Members of the Climate Alliance support the reduction of CO2 emissions and stand up for climate protection. This year almost 300 local authorities in Germany will take part in the initiative. The aim of this promotional event is to draw local politics’ attention to cycling infrastructure and to promote public cycling as a sustainable alternative to motorized mobility in general. You need to remember that around one fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions in Germany are traffic related. Over 80 teams actively participated in “City Cycling 2015” in Rostock.
As we at Transcom Rostock have many passionate employees taking the bicycle to work every day we did not hesitate to register the “One Transcom” team for the City Cycling project. Over the three-week campaign period more and more dedicated and passionate employees joined our team by registering, counting their personal kilometers e.g. going to work or cycling in their spare time and filling in their daily or weekly results online or using a special App. There is a local community ranking as well as a team ranking comparing the teams in Rostock.
After three weeks the results were announced: Our ambitious employees cycled a total of over 3100 km! That’s the same distance as cycling from Rostock in Germany to Gibraltar in Spain.
The “City Cycling” initiative was a good opportunity to drive environmental awareness and health consciousness at Transcom, as well as promoting team spirit and keeping us active and healthy! It was fun being part of our dedicated team, encouraging each other and eagerly tracking the ranking with excitement every day. The employees’ team performance brought us place 26 out of 80 teams in Rostock! The employees’ involvement promoting the “One Transcom” thought and their great cycling performance were rewarded with little gifts and bicycle accessories.
We are already looking forward to “City Cycling 2016″ to get even more of our employees involved and active.
Working for an international organization is a great privilege. When I joined Transcom in 2010, I was quickly made aware of the scale and worldwide nature of my new employer. Soon I understood why it’s so important to be comfortable communicating in English, if you want to work here at Transcom. Not only do we have support departments localized all over the globe; sharing knowledge goes beyond national levels. I myself learned a lot when I visited my colleagues in Fredrikstad, Norway, about a year ago. They worked for the same client, with the same contract, had the same focus on customer experience, but our approaches to similar challenges varied. We got back to the Netherlands loaded with ideas. My Norwegian colleague and I have contacted one another on a regular basis ever since and last May she and her colleagues visited us in Groningen, gaining an insight into our methods.
It is a huge benefit to know that, whenever you encounter a situation in which you’re not sure what to do, there are colleagues in other countries ready to help and share best practices. In the last one and a half years I have said ‘Thank you’ to colleagues from many countries and regions, and was thanked myself as well on several occasions. In an organization like Transcom, there is expertise on every subject and it’s more or less in our DNA to go out and get it.
Right now, I am personally benefiting from Transcom’s international nature, as I am in the middle of a transfer from the Netherlands to Sweden. At the beginning of the summer, my wife got a great job offer, so we decided to move to the south of that beautiful country. I was happy to find out that there was actually a job opening at Transcom for my very position near our new home town. I applied and in a few weeks’ time I was hired.
Last week, I met my new colleagues and I am looking forward to joining the team officially. They’re a great bunch, enthusiastic and qualified, they’re fluent in English (I still have some work to do on my Swedish) and they have a great sense of humor. Meanwhile, I am welcoming my successor and making sure he will have no trouble at all taking over my responsibilities. And of course, I will still be at Transcom, so if he needs my advice, I am just one phone call or email away.
This also makes saying goodbye to my Dutch colleagues a bit easier. We’ll talk and, with a bit of luck, meet again.