Meet The Team - Wolfgang

Wolfgang Wanninger - Head of Workplace Solutions



您过去一直在梅塞德斯(奔驰)工作。但您来到上海之后,为何要选择在中国公司工作?

You used to work for Mercedes. Why did you choose to work for a Chinese company when you moved to Shanghai?


确切地说,我来4U工作,不仅是选择了一家当地公司,更是选择了一家小型公司。我想快速学习一些知识,我认为小型公司能为我带来更多见解。这也是我为何要选择在当地公司工作的原因,因为在当地公司我似乎需要学更多东西。


It was not only working for a local company, it was also a decision for a smaller company. I wanted to learn quickly and I thought that a smaller company would offer more insight. The same reason applies to why choose a local company – there seemed to be more for me to learn.

 

这里的工作风格有什么不同?在当地公司工作跟在跨国公司工作相比有哪些优势和劣势?

How does the working style differ? And what are some advantages and disadvantages to working for a local company rather than a multinational?


通常情况下,在小型公司工作的一个劣势是品牌知名度不够高。在小型公司工作你的人脉资源无法跟大型跨国公司相比,因此,你就需要设法说服合作伙伴和客户相信你的能力。但我发现中国整体上跟欧洲不同。这里的人们随叫随到,总体上也更加平易近人。在小型公司工作的优势在于没那么多繁文缛节,适应起来更快。此外,你更有可能对公司的重大决策直接施加影响,同时还能对自己进行定位。


Usually, one of the disadvantages to work for a smaller company is the brand awareness. Working for a smaller company you just don't get the same reach and have to convince partners and clients more about your capabilities. However, I find that China in general is different from Europe. People here are available around the clock and are in general more approachable. An advantage in smaller companies is less redtape and faster adaptiveness. Also it is more possible to have direct influence on major decisions in the company and define your role yourself.


您是4U内部在工作场所技术和新兴技术等领域的专家。是什么促使您不断追求这些新机遇?

You are 4U's in-house expert for workplace technologies and emerging tech. What motivated you to pursue these new opportunities?



这并不是一夜之间做出的决定,这一切都源自华北的一位客户。他们决定采用一种完全自由的办公模式,而且不设置固定的工位,所有希望能找到可以实现这种工作风格的相关技术。我们当时接到客户关于这方面的询价不多,因此我便开始寻找能帮助我们满足客户需求的合作伙伴。在随后的几个月中,越来越多的客户向我们提出了这方面的请求,同时我们也注意到在设计、家具领域的很多合作伙伴纷纷开始提供更多支持移动式办公和灵活工作模式的服务。后来我们就认为有必要顺应并引领这一发展趋势,同时我也成了这个部门的负责人。


It was not an overnight decision and it all started with a client in Northern China. They decided to pursue a totally flexible model with no assigned desks and were looking for technologies to support this working style. We had limited offers at that time and I started looking for partners that can help us to fulfill that client's need. Over the next coming months we received more requests in this direction and also saw many of our partners in design, furniture, etc. offer more services in activity based working and flexible models. At some point we decided that it would be worthwhile to follow and lead this trend and I became the head of that department.

 

目前,房地产成本日益飙升,IT预算却在不断下降。这是在华跨国公司普遍面临的一个问题。那您认为跨国公司在升级改造或搬迁办事处时需要考虑的最重要因素是什么?

Real Estate costs are going up, and IT budgets are coming down. This is a common reality for multinationals in China. What would you say is most important for companies to consider when upgrading or moving their offices?


他们需要考虑的最重要的因素是公司的办公设置是否灵活高效。自从我加入这个行业后,我听说员工流动性很大,有时我就在想:"员工队伍究竟什么时候才能稳定下来?"但事实是员工仍在不断流动,而且还会继续流动下去。技术,尤其是软件,可以升级换代也可以定制。问题是公司需要找到既能保证核心系统可靠性,又能保证前端系统灵活性的解决方案。同时,尽可能不要缩减IT预算。


The most important part of effective office spaces is being lean and flexible. Since I joined this business I hear that the workforce is changing and sometimes I wonder: "When will it have finally finished changing?" The truth is it will continue to change and then it will change again. Technology, especially software, can be upgraded and customized. Companies need to find solutions that are solid at the core but offer you flexibility on the front-end. Also, don't cut your IT budget if possible.