For one thing, there have clearly been some visible changes, and I want to make it very clear that I’m not referring to changing dress codes. People who know me also know that I always manage to find the perfect outfit for every occasion. It consists of a cap, a checked shirt, jeans, and sneakers. And I don’t intend to change that. I consider the saying “Clothes make the man” a confession of our society’s superficiality rather than an important tip from the book of etiquette on how to dress for a public appearance.
Today the era when men had to wear ties seems to be history, and I think that’s definitely a positive development (even though I may now be contradicting what I said in my previous paragraph).
A similar change can be seen today in the workplace — and by that I don’t mean only the typical office building, which only a decade ago could barely be distinguished from a government agency in terms of its decor. When I saw my workplace in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim for the first time on February 1, 2017, I wondered why no one had ever taken a can of paint to it. The atmosphere reminded me all too vividly of a chicken coop for human beings, where someone was trying to pack as many workers as possible into a small space. Fortunately, there has been a fundamental change of attitude here. People have realized that creativity and a pleasant atmosphere have a significant influence on the ultimate formula for creating efficiency.
Good… that’s been checked off. But by now you’ve probably noticed that I’ve merely been leading up to my main point.