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Also in Cairo the schools are closed because of the Corona epidemic. The school buses have disappeared from the streets of the megacity. All of them? No, not all. In the buses of a German school abroad, employees of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions are driving to the office during the school closure.
Around 200 people are employed at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions' site in cairo. The corona crisis is also a major challenge for them. 110 of them now work in the home office. But 50 colleagues still have to go to the office every day, reports Thore Lohmann, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Egypt. "Parts of the software we use are extremely computationally intensive and need a direct server connection," he says. "We can't do that with laptops at home." A further 40 employees are still working on three construction sites every day, for example to help with the construction of a chemical factory.
Normally, thyssenkrupp employees use the minibuses, which are very common in Egypt, to get to their workplace. "But the risk of contracting the corona virus in these buses is of course very high," says Lohmann. Wouldn't it be better if they could come to work in their own buses? Sure, it would, and Thore Lohmann already had an idea, one that kills two birds with one stone, as a saying goes.
Lohmann is honorary chairman of the school committee of the German Protestant High School in Cairo (DEO). However, the approximately 1,300 students of the school, which is steeped in tradition and located in the heart of Cairo, have been on forced vacation since mid-March due to the corona epidemic, and the school buses are standing unused in the depot.
The drivers, however, are still entitled to their wages. For Lohmann, all this fitted together: He arranged for thyssenkrupp to rent the buses and driver from the school so that they would not be left sitting on their wages. Instead, thyssenkrupp IS Egypt will cover the costs and in return receive safe transportation for the employees as long as the schools in Cairo remain closed during the Corona crisis.
"We pay for the charter of the school buses quite normally from our cash flow," says Lohmann, who emphasizes that the investment also makes good business sense. "Alternatively, we should have looked at the free market," says the manager. "After all, we want to maintain our projects as well and as long as possible, after all, in the end we are paid by our customers according to construction progress. We can cope better with the slightly higher costs caused by the rented buses than with a loss of employees".
A win-win situation that shows what thyssenkrupp employees are capable of doing even in difficult times with a little creativity and commitment.
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