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How Do You Work?

At SAP, we work with colleagues all over the world. With 74,000 SAP employees in 130 countries, you most likely have interactions with coworkers who live time zones away. But have you ever wondered what type of space they work in? We do.

Whether due to distance, opportunity, or convenience, not every member in our SAP team even works in one of our office buildings. In fact, thousands of employees have turned their homes into their office and working from home has become so widespread in our Company, that for the second year, SAP won the #9 spot among best companies for remote and flexible working options.

Do you work in one of our beautiful AppHaus locations, in a small office in the heart of a city, or work from your home office with your pet curled up next to you? We want to see it!

So we want you to share your workspace!

We know that whether you work at home or in an office, every person exhibits their personal interests by revealing how they have personalized their work spaces.

What’s special about your workspace and how have you personalized it? Are you surrounded by a special collection? Is your office located in an amazing neighborhood in your city? Do you have a really great view from your window? Do you have an awesome relaxation room or interior design? However you work, we want to see it and know what personal touch you’ve added to help you get through your day!

This week, we sat down with Katherine Lorraine Ortanez, Recruitment Operations in APJ, in our SAP office in Pasig City (Manila), Philippines.

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1. So Katherine, how have you personalized your workspace?

I have my station divided into sections. One, my personal stuff: memorabilia, pictures, collection pens and books. Two, work-related Items: calendars, memos, job aides. And three, of course, my place of worship: I have an altar on one side with the Bible. I also have famous quotes scattered around my station. This serves as a goal setter; an inspiration to strive for the better.

2. What music do you listen to while you’re at work?

I’m not very particular with music; I more prefer documentaries and short films. No video of course, just the audio. 🙂

3. What thing(s) on your desk could you not live without?

The calendar and the memo pads! I’m a very forgetful person. If I don’t write it down and post right where I can see it, chances are, it will never cross my mind again.

AND, the pictures. They are one way to remind me of home. Reminding me not to overdo myself and that I do not work for the Company, I do not work for the love of money, but I work for my family. I work to provide their needs, and part of their needs is my presence. So, I need to remind myself that I need to go home and spend time with them.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your office?

The people in it! They are very flexible and fun-to-be-with people. You don’t have to make too many adjustments if the people you’re with are all easy to get along with.

5. What’s special about the city you’re working in?

It’s in the middle of everything! You want to go to the mall? Church? It’s all here! Very accessible wherever you’re coming from.

6. What’s your work/life balance like? Describe some hobbies you have.

Monday to Friday is basically dedicated to SAP until 6-7 p.m. After that, no more work-related activities. Saturdays and Sundays are for the family.

I love books. I read books whenever my hands and eyes are free of professional and domestic duties. Being a mother of 3 boys with the fourth on the way, it’s not that easy to establish hobbies the way I used to…but I still manage during travel time to and from work and during break periods.

My bonding time with the kids and my husband is at the dinner table and at bedtime. I make it a point we have at least a few hours of chatting or just watching TV together.

7. What do you and your colleagues do for fun?

We have fun with each other! Whenever we’re free, we make it a point we have a few minutes of “FUN TIME” in the office – just chatting and laughing at things!

Every once in a while, we go out for a team lunch or dinner. That’s our common denominator: FOOD!

Are you an SAP employee and want to share how you have personalized your workspace? with your answers to the above questions + some photos of yourself and workspace and get featured on Life at SAP.

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