An unforeseen turn of events

A couple of months since the first, and so far the only gathering in Solna has passed, and we’re finding ourselves in a situation none of us could have foreseen. Our workdays have been turned upside down, and we are forced to adapt and find new ways of working, despite everything that’s going on.

A couple of months since the first, and so far the only gathering in Solna has passed, and we’re finding ourselves in a situation none of us could have foreseen. Our workdays have been turned upside down, and we are forced to adapt and find new ways of working, despite everything that’s going on.

Project visits, meeting with Head of NCC Building Denmark and social gatherings with YAB2020, unfortunately had to be cancelled. Restrictions on travel abroad were introduced, and therefore we had to cancel all upcoming events with YAB2020.

Helsinki visit, meeting with the business area management team and project visit April 23rd were also cancelled until further notice.

Adapting to the situation

Despite everything, we have still managed to maintain the dialogue within our group. Instead of spending time together with beautiful surroundings in Copenhagen and Helsinki, we have found the second-best solution; Skype and Teams-meetings! We have, among other things, completed online meetings about our YAB2020 assignment and the financial status of NCC Building Nordics, and we have had a Teams-meeting with Palle Bjerre Rasmussen from NCC Building Denmark where he presented a couple of the country’s mega projects; very interesting!

In addition, the YAB2020 team have organized online meetings every other week, to talk about our assignments, as well as discuss questions and ideas that may occur. Accordingly, we have managed to keep in touch, even though we haven’t been able to meet face-to-face.

What now?

Instead of the planned trip to Helsinki, we were called in for a Teams-meeting with the business area management team, and we were able to participate and witness the presentations that were held. It was very interesting to learn about the status of NCC Building Nordics, financially as well as from Health & Safety, Business Support, Legal and Purchasing. We were also presented with status of the different country divisions Norway, Finland and Denmark. Finally, we in the YAB2020 team presented ourselves as well as our management team and country assignments so far.

Further on, Catarina Molèn-Runnäs, the Head of Building Nordics, explained her positive outlook on the situation we’re in, looking forward, instead of the constant negative discussions that are associated with Covid-19. What have we learned through these last couple of months that we can carry with us in our daily work onwards? I will implement this way of thinking in my day-to-day work life, as well as in my teamwork with YAB2020.

We believe that the end-goal still is achievable, and that we will manage to maintain the good teamwork online, even though we’re not able to meet in person.

Until next time,
Andrea Nes

 

The blogger, Andrea Nes, is an Assistant Construction Manager at NCC in Norway.

 

Young Advisory Board (YAB) is a one-year talent program in NCC Building Nordics with participants from Finland, Norway and Denmark. The purpose with YAB is to develop our future managers and specialists. The members are selected by the BA management based on performance and potential.

The young talents get access to top management, a deeper insight into the business and a network across borders. They are given a task by the management, to work on together over the year through conversations with NCC’s management and visits to projects in each country. At the end of the year they will present their conclusions to the Building Nordics management.

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