Manfred, you are the leader of one of our most diverse teams. You have 6 people to manage, with 5 different nationalities. How is the cooperation and what are your challenges as a team leader regarding your employees? What do you think of the mandatory employee feedback discussions?
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but we are a tight-knit team and help each other so that we all understand and appreciate each other. In my opinion those employee feedback discussions are very important because everyone has the opportunity to talk about themselves and their perspective in a one-to-one meeting. Everyone can contribute their ideas, which can also play a decisive role for the department.
“Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but we are a tight-knit team and help each other so that we all understand and appreciate each other.”
You recently completed a mechanical engineering course. What motivated you to do this and what did you learn for yourself and your department?
The company has already made several courses possible for me. For example, a basic course in electrical engineering and a pneumatics course. Both are very important in my department. I took the mechanical engineering course because we always need some assembly tools. This means now I can make smaller assembly tools myself without having to ask an employee in the production department and stop them from doing their work.
One of your tasks is planning the assembly – from individual items to large-scale production. How do you get everything under one roof and what are the biggest challenges regarding this?
Everyone in my department is very motivated and committed. So planning is not that difficult for me. The biggest challenges are usually external factors such as delivery delays.