How they work at Interpolis

20 Jan



A couple of weeks ago I was happy to get a tour and a presentation a the office of the Dutch insurance company Interpolis. Interpolis was one of the first insurance companies that really wanted to be clear about what they do and how they do it to their customers. Interpolis was also one of the first companies that started with flexible working already in the nineties. This was really innovative back in that day, now in 2014 they still work at the same way as they did back then so the question is how innovative are they right now?

During the tour we saw different places the people of Interpolis are allowed to work, some inspiring, some a bit old fashioned. The thing I was a bit curios about was if it is nice to work in an environment like this. I know that a lot of companies that work with a flexible working program also have certain moments a week that the workpeople have to come to the office in order to have some time to talk to each other in order to keep the creativity and motivation at a certain level. I was wondering how that would work in a company like Interpolis. Always working from a different place in this big office or from behind the desk at home sounds a bit lonely for me. I also like to have some clear notion about what I can expect each day to make a planning for myself and searching for a nice place to work sounds a bit unonrganized for me. 



What I really liked about the company where the intimate places where you could sit down and have a private conversation with you colleagues. These places gave a little more personal feeling to the big open space. Like these chairs above that really let people make eye contact and shuts you of the things that happen around you. I think places like this are necessary for when you want some feedback and talk about what you’re doing without any distractions. 



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