The arrival of IBM in Groningen had already been announced, but the company has now actually settled there. Sixty people have now been taken on and are working in the service centre. The plan is to increase this number to 100 by the end of this year. Eventually there will be 350 to 400 people working at the building in Zuiderdiep.
Forerunners Johan van der Stel and Carola Bos are together running the new concept for IBM. The first new draft of IBM people, which includes many recent graduates, is now being prepared for the day-to-day work. The layout of the office creates an atmosphere in which young people feel at home. They’ve been given couch hammocks and rooms have been made in wooden chalets.
‘It’s a lot different from other IBM offices’, Van der Stel told the newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden. ‘We made a conscious choice not to go to an industrial site. We’re in the city centre, at Gedempte Zuiderdiep above an Albert Heijn supermarket, which in itself creates a different atmosphere. You can walk straight into the supermarket, have a sandwich on the corner, or go to the pub on the other side of the road.’
In an interview with Dagblad van het Noorden Bos explains that a lot of attention was paid to the recruitment and selection of personnel: ‘It was all about our being able to reach the candidates, and that the candidates were of good quality. I have to say that they have surpassed our expectations. The CVs of most of the candidates were very impressive.’
Source: Dagblad van het Noorden, October 11, 2013