The commute is extreme, but also very infrequent
Shortly after Caroline got the job at Danske Bank, another Covid-19 lockdown softened the bank's attitude to working from home even more. So now, Caroline only pops into the office around once a month. She gets up at 4.30am, takes the first flight to Copenhagen at 6.15, grabs breakfast and coffee in the airport, where she also puts on her makeup, and arrives at the office in central Copenhagen at around 8 o’clock. After work, she goes out for dinner with colleagues or friends, and arrives back on Bornholm late in the evening.
“It is really energising for me – but I am also really tired when I get home!” she says.
No colleagues nearby – only chickens
In the idyllic town of Gudhjem on Bornholm, her average workday is very different. Her daily commute is around one minute from the kindergarten and back to her home. The view from her home office is of the family’s chickens strutting around the green garden. Her colleagues, however, are only to be seen on Teams.
How does she cope with working all by herself without becoming lonely?
“To be honest, I have worked in lots of open offices, and it’s quite stressful, particularly for introverts like myself. It can be hard to concentrate, since you have people talking around you all the time. Here, it’s nice and quiet, and it’s much easier for me to get things done and be efficient, because I am not interrupted all the time. I am way more productive and less tired at the end of the day,” she says.
Since she was hired as a senior consultant two years ago, her team has also changed:
“In my project team, two colleagues are located in London and only one colleague sits in Copenhagen. So, we mainly meet up on Teams. It takes more of an effort to get to know one another and we consciously take time to chat about other things than just work, but it works well for us. And I really thrive on this kind of work life.”