In "aizu signals." the Co-CEOs of KIMI Krippen AG, Alexandra Hochuli and Flurina Stöckli, share the challenges they currently face due to the coronavirus. They also talk about the advantages and requirements of a job-sharing model in management positions, what they stand for and share positive experiences that encourage them.
The biggest challenge is, on the one hand, to fulfil our duty of caring and protecting our employees, as well as children and their families. On the other hand, we are working hard to find a solution for parents who, in accordance with the recommendation of the Federal Council, have not been bringing their children to the daycare centre since 16 March 2020. Here we urgently need the support of the Confederation, the cantons and the communes so that a consistent and fair solution can be found for the entire sector.
It is important to us to provide intensive support for our employees in this situation and to have their backs. They have to deal with various problems. For this purpose, we attach great importance to professional, comprehensive and fast communication.
The solidarity in the whole KIMI team is simply great and makes the work in this difficult situation easier.
Since we are currently unable to visit our locations as usual and some are working at home, we organize almost all our meetings via video conferencing.
First and foremost, we are fighting for the recognition of professions in our industry (FaBe) and gender equality. Our management model is not new, but unfortunately still very rare. We would like to show that it is worthwhile to pursue this model further and benefit from its advantages.
The clear advantages are actually obvious. There are two people, two points of view, two experiences, two characters, different emphases in terms of content, but one goal must be pursued together. It is important to always coordinate, define clear responsibilities and work together as a team.
It is important to understand each other, to communicate openly and always find a common denominator. You also need to be able to accept the other person with their strengths and weaknesses and support each other.
Since we have a clear division of tasks, wherein we each manage our respective areas operationally and manage the strategic parts together, we have received very positive feedback from the team so far.
Alexandra Hochuli: Sleep in if I could. Unfortunately, that's not possible with a child. But I am basically more of a night owl.
Flurina Stöckli: Neither, I am a typical day person.
Alexandra Hochuli: Summer.
Flurina Stöckli: Summer.
Alexandra Hochuli: Both.
Flurina Stöckli: Tea.
Alexandra Hochuli: Zoom.
Flurina Stöckli: Zoom.
Since November 2019 Alexandra Hochuli and Flurina Stöckli have shared the management of KIMI Krippen AG. Alexandra Hochuli, who previously worked for KIMI as Regional Manager, Head of Marketing and Member of the Management Board, now manages these areas operationally and – together with the management team – strategically as Co-CEO. Flurina Stöckli has expanded her previous position as Head of Human Resources in her role as Co-Managing Director to include the areas of Finance and IT. The KIMI Krippen network was founded in 2006 by Jürg Schumacher and his former business partner and now operates 30 daycare centres in the German speaking part of Switzerland.