On to the desk. Before I can sit down, "Stop!" sounds from the other side of the room. That's right, before the actual work, there is already something to do: The desk needs cleaning. After that, I also need half an hour until all cables and devices are properly connected again.
Merkle has allowed its employees to take home equipment such as monitors, docking stations and connection cables for the lockdown. This equipment in the home office has made work extremely easy: as an online editor, I absolutely need a large screen to compare texts or track down even the smallest typos.
Surprisingly, it is quieter in the office than at home. Before Corona it was rather the other way around. One reason for this is that for the time being only 50 percent of the employees return to their original workplace. Merkle thus ensures that a healthy distance is maintained between occupied desks.
On the other hand, I have several neighbours at home who discovered their penchant for craftsmanship during Corona. Drilling, sawing and hammering as background music have accompanied my work in the home office over the last few weeks.