Two months in the far north of Germany

The municipalty of Sörup, or Sørup, as it is close to Germany’s border with Denmark, is the home of our sister company M. Jürgensen. It lies about 12 miles (20 km) south-east of Flensburg in the beautiful region of Schleswig-Holstein. Two of our third-year trainees, Sarah and Marie, worked there for two months in order to get to know about the different processes and procedures used. Sarah von Dombrowski is training to be an industrial mechanic, while Marie Nieswand is an aspiring metal machinist. This is their report. Continue reading

(German) Effektiv ohne Chef

(German) Seit einigen Jahren begleitet uns die Unternehmensberatung V&S auf dem Weg zu einer effektiveren Organisation. Ein Bestandteil davon ist die Selbstorganisation. Nicht mehr der Chef sagt, was zu machen ist, sondern Teams entwickeln zusammen die besten Lösungswege. Im Idealfall übernimmt derjenige die Verantwortung für eine Aufgabe, der dafür am besten geeignet ist. Funktioniert das – oder endet der Ansatz in Anarchie? Continue reading

Twenty-one long service records show continuity

Continuity is a precious thing nowadays, but long-term action and research is what lets you accumulate knowledge. As top experts in centrifugal casting, we consider this knowledge – or “know-why” as we call it – to be a vital tool for securing our leading position in the market. Our employees are the guardians of this knowledge, so we are pleased to have managed to make continuity such a key part of our company and its workforce. Continue reading

Proceed with mindfulness

Overwork robbing you of sleep. Quiet accumulations of rage. Not knowing where to turn. Many people experience such things from time to time. Ten employees from several different departments have attended a multi-week mindfulness seminar with exercises designed to help them cope with stress. The programme, which was led by Meike Ludwigs, a trainer from the Kalapa Academy, covered both theory and practice. This is a report from one of the participants. Continue reading