Workday & Absence

Working Hours

Regular working hours are 40 per week.

  • 9am – 9:30am // Start
  • 1pm – 2pm // Lunchbreak
  • 6pm – 6:30pm // Finish

Monthly Breakfast

Every 1st Monday in a month from 9-9:45am we’re having breakfast in the office. Someone from the team is preparing it, the company is paying for it and everyone’s invited for a fresh start into the month.

Monthly Massages

Working all day on a computer is likely to cause muscle tensions. Standing up once in a while, taking lunch walks and participating in sports is what we recommend to everyone, but we also want to support actively during working hours. That’s why once month, our massage therapist Tamara is coming in for preventive treatments. A few days before, you will be asked by our office manager if you would like to get a treatment, so that Tamara can plan the day. Costs are covered by bleech. While 1 massage treatment a month won’t ensure a healthy body all alone, we hope it’s also a frequent reminder to listen to your body and treat yourself right.

Lunch

We encourage everyone to stand up from their desks or even go out for lunch to take a thorough mental break. There are many opportunities within a 5 minute walking radius – Burgers, pasta, pizza, asian noodles, curry wurst, sandwiches, etc. We have a fully-stocked kitchen with stove top, microwave, pots and pans, kettle, cutting boards, etc., so if you‘d like to bring a meal to reheat, or just a big bag of groceries (there‘s a Rewe around the corner from our office), there are many options available to you. Also fresh fruits are provided in the kitchen for in-between meals.

Drinks

We provide sparkling and non-sparkling water, a selection of juices and soft drinks and beer, as well as non-alcoholic beer for free. Additionally we have a cappuccino machine, a filter coffee machine and a selection of teas.

Smoking

Cigarettes are to be smoked only outdoors, downstairs in the backyard. Please use the ash tray provided (it looks like a mailbox), as we want to keep a clean surrounding.

Vacation

Everyone at bleech is entitled to 25 days paid leave and we encourage everyone to make full use of those days to properly and regularly refresh and spend quality time with your loved ones.

If you’re wondering how many days are left for you in the current year, approach our Office Manager and she’ll be able to tell you. To apply for vacation, go to the monday.com Board “Vacation Planning”, create a new entry with your name, duration and vacation days (the amount of business days) and select your direct supervisor as approver. Vacation requests for 4 business days or more should be handed in at least 6 weeks in advance and will be decided upon within 10 days. Vacation requests for up to 3 business days can be decided upon quicker, but should be requested 3 weeks in advance. We highly encourage everyone to plan in at least 1 longer vacation (2 weeks or more) per year. It’s very much appreciated to plan those in early in advance (3 months or more), to allow for smooth project plannings.

Left over vacation of a year needs to be taken until the end of March of the following year. Unused vacation will expire after that date. For new team members who started in the second half of the year, unused vacation will only expire at the end of June of the following year.

Sick Days

If you‘re unable to come to work due to illness, please inform your Technical Lead or direct supervisor as soon as possible. A doctor‘s note is required after the first day of absence, and is to be given to your direct supervisor who will hand it over for administration to the Office Manager. If you’re sick for more than 3 days, please mail your doctors note to the bleech office.

Other Absence

If you have to take appointments which can’t be scheduled to before or after office hours, e.g. with authorities, doctor’s appointments, craftsmen at home or are awaiting your new sofa being delivered, please try scheduling those to the beginning or the end of the day if possible and let your Technical Lead or direct supervisor know about it in advance as soon as you learn about it. If the type of the absence has a casual background and home office is not possible during that time, making up for the time is expected. Anything else does neither need further explanation, nor does it count against your vacation days. Additional time off will be offered in cases we hope you won’t be faced with very often (e.g. funerals).