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Albert: Handling A Baby And A New Way Of Working

Albert's what you would call an 'all-rounder'. Doing chores one second, learning a new hobby the next – all the while working on moving customers from TNT to FedEX Express. We asked him how he's tackling this tricky time and how he manages to get it all done.

April 04, 2020 | 1 min. read

Let’s get right to it. What’s the best song to lift your mood?
‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams.

It’s been four weeks now. What do you think?
This situation doesn’t freak me out. I always thought it would happen someday, and I think the Dutch government is doing a great job. 

Describe your home workspace?
I live in an early 20th-century house with ceiling ornaments, stained glass, and separate dining and living areas. I installed myself at the corner of the dinner table next to my baby daughter’s playpen.

Besides your bed-to-desk commute, how has your daily routine changed?
The change is pretty drastic. My wife works for the municipality and is extremely busy these days. So I’m juggling work and childcare, but it’s going quite well. 

What’s your secret?
I believe it’s all about flexibility. It can be challenging to squeeze in some me-time between conference calls and diaper calls, but I’m enjoying the time I get to spend with my daughter now.

Do you cook too?
I enjoy cooking a lot, but nowadays there are a lot of really good restaurants that need support and suddenly offer great home delivery.

How about new hobbies?
I’m learning to play the guitar and making a short film.

Have you been watching anything interesting?
I’m watching the Titans. It’s a nice series, though a bit dark. Not something I would’ve watched in the pre-corona times.

What’s the first thing you’ll do when restrictions are lifted?
Celebrate my daughter’s first birthday in a beach bar and head back to Leeuwarden, where I studied, for my own birthday drinks with friends. 

Anything else to add?
Business-wise this crisis can be an opportunity to switch from inefficient ways of working to a more Agile approach. And we’re already making big steps 🙂 



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