In addition to their office work, the four volunteers gained first-hand experience of how the NGO works on site. Over two days, the four women worked with Habitat for Humanity to renovate a vacant apartment for a Ukrainian family with five children: Laying floors, spackling walls, sanding and painting. “Meeting the future inhabitants of our flat was a special moment for us all. The anticipation and joy in the eyes of the refugees has really brought home to us what Habitat for Humanity is about,” says Lisa Pohlmeyer, summing up the experience.
Back in their offices, the four colleagues talk about their stay with great enthusiasm, and they are proud of what they achieved. “We could really make a difference,” says Lisa Pohlmeyer. “We established new structures, accelerated processes and set the course with the future in mind.” Besides leaving their mark, the team also gained some take-home insights. The working culture of the small non-profit organization, for example, gave them fresh impulses for agile thinking and working. Because when necessary, depending on the situation, plans sometimes had to be changed at short notice. Viktoria Ritter highlights an additional eye-opener: “At the NGO, people were celebrated, when they had accomplished something. I think at Henkel too, this kind of appreciation could get a stronger focus. If we are truly innovative in our areas, advancing things with our pioneer spirit, we should celebrate these achievements accordingly.”