by Julia Klotz
Strengthen team spirit and do something good: reason enough for a team of the Group internal audit department to do something in their spare time for Finkens Garten, the nature discovery centre in Cologne. One morning, they toiled, sweated and strained until they reached their goal: a new dry wall – and the realisation that you can achieve a lot if everyone rolls up their sleeves.
“Finkens Garten” in the south of Cologne, a Saturday morning in late September: birds chirp in the trees, dew lies on the meadows and the first visitors are yet to arrive. Work is already in full swing in just one corner of the nature discovery centre. 18 colleagues from the Group internal audit department have swapped their desk for a wheelbarrow and shovel today and are building a new dry wall.
All hands on deck are needed for this. “We are all together here in the dirt,” summarises Rüdiger Hahn, manager of the REWE Group internal audit department, laughing. “But exactly this kind of sense of togetherness is what it is also all about: today, there are no hierarchies, everyone is getting stuck in – creating a real group dynamic,” Hahn explains his rationale for the unusual work.