You have been working at Gira for over 25 years. Can you remember your first day of work in Assembly? What did it feel like?
AJ: My first thought was, hopefully I can manage to meet my quota. The colleagues who worked with me in Assembly back then helped me a lot when I started. I tried very hard but at the beginning did not always meet my quota. But that is normal.
How would you describe yourself at work and in the implementation of tasks?
AJ: I work conscientiously. The most important thing is to work conscientiously, i.e. as neatly and error-free as possible. Because it's all about quality. You must always be careful. If a cover is scratched, you have to reject if of course. Other colleagues are sometimes unsure. They call me then and let me have a look.
So you have a particularly good eye for it?
AJ: Yes, I am very sensitive. And sometimes if I am not sure, I also go to Quality Assurance and ask. It is also very important to stick to deadlines. It's all about the customer: they placed an order and ought to receive their things on time. Otherwise they'll get annoyed. Obviously. I always see myself as a customer – when I have ordered something, then I would like to receive it quickly and above all on time.
In all these years you have always been involved with suggestions for improvement. Where do you get your ideas from?
AJ: They just come. On the way home I am still thinking about work. Or when I am sitting in front of the TV I suddenly have an idea. Sometimes I call a friend after work and then we talk about work and about particular problems there. Then all of a sudden it hits me what we could do better. If I can't find a solution at first, then I leave it. And then a few days later, something good suddenly occurs to me. I write it down straight away so that I don't forget it. The next day I present it directly to our team leader.
If something isn't perfect does this bother you?
AJ: No, absolutely not. For example, at the assembly table, it's currently a bit of a squeeze. Sometimes I am also assigned there. Then I remember that some places are not so easy to work in. Then I try to improve it. If requested, then of course, something will be changed. But I am still not satisfied. I chase it up and I don't let up.
So would you describe yourself as persistent?
AJ: Yes, in that respect. I don't give up until I have achieved what I want. Then I am satisfied. Then at first I work with the suggestions and see if I really can manage with it and whether it's going well with my colleagues. And if I am still not satisfied with the result, then I just keep on at it. Until the right solution has been found and implemented.