DANIEL WERNER, CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, EWORK, IS A BASKETBALL PLAYER WHO IS DRIVEN BY CURIOSITY AND A GENUINE INTEREST IN OTHER PEOPLE. WHO BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS IN ORDER TO CREATE BUSINESS, PUTS THE TEAM BEFORE HIMSELF AND USES HIS EXPERIENCES FROM THE BASKETBALL COURT IN HIS ROLE AS “ASSISTANT COACH” AT WORK. HAVING MADE GUEST APPEARANCES ELSEWHERE, HE’ S FOUND HIS WAY BACK TO THE EWORK TEAM.
In an interview with Werner, he told us about his New job, wedding, new house bought, renovations and the first
child is due in May. To put it mildly, the last year has been eventful for Daniel Werner, Client Development Manager
at Ework in Gothenburg.
“It’s a good job I’ve got lots of energy and like
it when things happen,” says Daniel with a warm
laugh, continuing: “It says a lot about who I am. It
also corresponds very well with Ework’s values*.
Having these values is something I find exciting.
Here they aren’t just nice words on a piece of
paper, this really is how we work. That was clear
even the first time I worked here.”
Daniel is what you might call an Eworker who
has returned home. It was here that he started
his career in 2014, having completed his studies
in Management and Economics of Innovation at
“I was very much taken by Ework’s simple yet
brilliant business model. I like the dynamics, the
fact that we’re an independent actor that helps
clients find the right competence.”
“The opportunity and the challenge to coach
employees as a manager attracted me, and I was
convinced that Ework was the best place to get into
that kind of role. I believe strongly in the business model, and have great confidence in the management
team and where the company is heading.”
The first day in his new position coincided with Ework moving into new premises. “That was good, as I had a fresh start in all respects. During the year or so that I was away,
about 15 new colleagues had come along, we’ve
got a new IT environment and I’m now part of the
management team (Gothenburg site).” In other words, most things are new. But the culture and everything that Daniel appreciated about Ework from the beginning is still there.
Such as the positive drive that pervades everything, the fact that everyone works together and looks out for each other, the freedom, the trust and management’s ambition that employees must be able to develop. “It’s a sales organisation and everyone’s used to working towards goals, both personal and commercial. If you’re clear about what you want and what your goals are, there’s always an interest among management in finding a solution. If you come forward with suggestions or desires, you really are seen.”
He also explains that even though it’s a sales organisation, his view of salespeople has changed since he started at Ework.
“It’s more about building relationships. I’m extremely curious, I love asking questions and listening. It’s an enjoyable challenge to see what’s unique in a client and how we can best help them. Finding that perfect match between
client and consultant.”
EVERYTHING’S MORE ENJOYABLE WHEN YOU DO IT
TOGETHER, AND WE REALLY ARE A TEAM HERE.
WE EVEN TALK IN SPORTING TERMS.
A large proportion of colleagues at the office in Gothenburg have a sporting background, just like Daniel. As a child he tried his hand at more or less every sport around, and at the age of ten he settled on basketball, an interest that still
forms a major part of his life. For a few years he
performed at the elite level, now he plays for the
second division team Hybris Basket.
“It’s the best mixture of people in the world, with a policeman, a bricklayer and an associate professor of political philosophy. We meet on the court and have a great time. The unexpected constellations are really positive.”
The sporting background is something he finds extremely valuable in his work. Because just like on the basketball court, the employees at Ework are a team, with everyone in their
different positions and working towards the same goal. The team comes first. The team’s performance ahead of the individual’s.
“Everything’s more enjoyable when you do it
together, and we really are a team here. We even
talk in sporting terms. Our team formation is 4-4-2:
the backs build up a solid defence and a spine, the
midfielders are more expansive and score goals,
while the attackers create the situations, that’s to
say they find the business opportunities. Everyone
has clearly defined roles, which means that we
don’t duplicate work, we don’t run after the same
ball, so to speak. I’m assistant coach now,” says
As “assistant coach” he has started to build up a team of attackers, the account managers. “It feels reassuring that I myself had that role before and know what it involves. It’s exciting to be able to put together a new team and a
structure for how we’re going to work together. How do we achieve synergies between account managers, how can we work smarter and optimise resources? How do I best support
my team? I don’t usually have any specific role models, but just try to do what those who are the best do, whether it’s on the basketball court or at work. Disa provides brilliant support for me and really does provide the type of leadership I want to have. It feels really super to be back again. Quite simply, it’s a wonderful, positive workplace. The people are so genuine. It’s professional and personal. I like that.”