Building Turtle Pens – A Photo Story

Volunteering when you are a full-time employee is extremely time consuming, that’s why we implemented #ContributionFriday at Mercedes-Benz.io. Once per quarter we are allowed to decide whether we want to go to work regularly or volunteer at a local facility. We kicked off the event on one of the hottest days of the year at Germany’s oldest animal shelter in Stuttgart. Since one of the 15 participants is also one of our best photographers, we decided to not write, but show how the day went in pictures.

We started the day with a tour through the whole facility. The shelter holds round about 600-700 animals, including dogs and cats, but also goats, bunnies, birds and many more.

With our VIP access to all the areas of the shelter we were even allowed in the reptile house…

… where we didn’t only see lots of turtles but also lizards and snakes.

Still smiling: this picture was taken before this group of MB.ioneers went to get a truck full of gravel.

Daniela from Customer and Data Insights was weeding the future turtle pens so we could place the cages and rocks.

Our UX twins Max and Moritz were distributing gravel to make the pens safe.

Next to the gardening we also built the cages that protect the turtles from the weather, as you can see our Managing Director Sophie doing.

Screw it let’s do it! Jessi’s attitude doesn’t only apply to her daily work as Content Creator, but also operating a screw driver.

This is one of the two finished pens: the many hiding places are great, especially for male turtles who like to have some space for themselves. Different kinds of gravel keep the turtles entertained and give them opportunities to explore.

Product Owner Marc helped the turtles to move in…

Besides building turtle homes we spent our breaks in the senior dog house and got to know the older residents of the shelter. Our Product Owner Katharina befriended Bonnie.

Will our favorite good boy become Mercedes-Benz.io’s next office dog?

The shelter just came across a case of animal hoarding and over 100 mice had to be accomodated. No problem for Kim, Kathi and Jörg, who spontaneously agreed on building a rodent pen as well.

Not only did we build new homes for the turtles and mice of the shelter, we also learned a lot about animal welfare in general and had a great time offsite with people from all kinds of departments. It’s probably safe to say: our first #ContributionFriday was a success.

We generally have 20% of our working time for projects outside of our initial scope. Stay tuned for a follow-up blog article on our so called Impact Time!

In case you didn’t get enough – here are some more pictures:

Saving turtles and driving digital future for Mercedes-Benz sounds like something you could picture yourself doing?

Welcome to café.io – our corporate blogging lounge

At Mercedes-Benz.io we are always asking about the why and the purpose. So here we go, launching a corporate blog in which we want to introduce ourselves to you.

“Why cafe.io?”

At MB.io we are one funky bunch of coffee lovers. This is why the café at our location in Stuttgart is the main meeting point for our social happenings. It’s where we get-together not only for coffee or quick chats, but also to host meet-ups or enjoy a good afterwork-beer on Fridays. It’s our room for inspiration and exchange and that’s exactly why we named our new corporate blog after one of our most beloved places and use it as a platform to share our insights and experiences with our readers. You are now invited to grab your coffee and enjoy a big sip of MB.io’s digital world.

“Why a corporate blog?”

We all share the accountability to be transparent and communicative and there is a lot going on at MB.io. A lot more than one could fit into 140 characters: we attend internal and external trainings, we experiment within products, trends and our organizational structure. We have a role-based system, meaning that a person could be assigned multiple interdisciplinary roles. We have a variety of views, opinions and mindsets that we want to communicate on café.io. To add a little cherry on top, we would love to see our readers be inspired by the MB.io way of doing stuff.

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“Why should I stay tuned?”

In the following months we will reveal three categories:

explore.io will provide information about the company profile. We will talk about our rather unusual and innovative organizational structure and how we are striving to become a top new work employer.

exchange.io will become our way of communicating our opinions and thoughts on certain topics with the invitation to join a discussion and to give impulses to our readers.

experience.io will be the platform where employees can share their experiences on events they attended, tools they tried out, or simply tell their very own MB.io-story.

In that matter: welcome to café.io – nice to e-meet you!