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New work 

NEW work workshop

what is new work?

The term 'new work' goes back to the social philosopher Frithjof Bergmann, who coined the term in the 1970s. In Bergmann's ideal form of new work, people can realise themselves as free individuals. Bergmann was particularly concerned with the meaningful function of work, but also with values such as freedom, self-determination and community. Bergmann was equally concerned that work should be in harmony with individual interests, values and convictions. Bergmann's very general 'new work' definition accordingly reads: 'new work is the work that a person really wants to do'.


If one deals with the topic of new work, it quickly becomes clear that there is no simple or uniform definition. New work is a way of thinking and remains in need of explanation.

why new work?

One thing is certain: the world feels like it is spinning faster, becoming more uncertain and more complex. Companies, managers and employees should be able to react quickly and flexibly to the constantly changing demands. New work focuses on the world of work and the way we work. Modern and functional working environments and a changed way of working, such as fast decision-making processes and a democratic management culture, not only make a company more popular with its employees, but also increase turnover and adaptability.

what do we offer

With the help of the new work workshop, participants learn what lies behind the new work approach. Through internal and external key note speakers, the previously taught theory is rounded off with practical experiences of 'new work' implementations and the associated changes and challenges. Working in small groups creates the space to openly address fears and concerns. At the end of the workshop, the knowledge gained from theory and practice is poured into an individual action plan.

how is the new work-wor goingkshop off?

Preparation (approx. two weeks before):

  • Participants are asked what they understand by 'new work' and how they already live 'new work' in their team.

  • If necessary, participants can bring in their own topics or topic requests for the BarCamp sessions.


  • Introduction to the origin of the new work idea and explanation of the new work approach (theory).

  • Presentation of one or two keynote speeches by internal and/or external speakers about their practical experiences in implementing new work.

  • Exchange with participants and experts in small groups using the BarCamp format. Participants will receive input on concrete approaches and methods for their daily work and discuss them in small groups. Possible BarCamp questions: 'Work according to Corona—why do we still need offices at all?' or 'What do I do as a manager if my team does not really embrace all aspects of new work?'

  • Direct application of theoretical and practical knowledge through the development of an individual action plan for the step-by-step implementation of the 'new work idea.


  • Summary of workshop contents (reading box).

  • Dispatch of tasks and exercises to deepen what has been learned.

how do your employees benefit?

  • They will know what is behind the buzzword 'new work'.

  • They will learn personally from internal and external new work pioneers how they have approached the topic so far and the obstacles they have overcome.

  • They will actively exchange ideas with other participants in the company on topics related to new work and discuss them in small groups.

  • They will take away new impulses on the topic of new work for themselves and their teams.

  • They will develop an individual action plan for themselves and their teams to advance new work.

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