The WACKER office in Milan is unmanned for just one day out of the year. Instead of staring at their computer screens, Dr Marcello Orestano and his team head out into the countryside for the day. For example, last summer they spent this very special day on a farm. It served as the setting for their own mini-Olympics, which included archery, an obstacle course and a game of water polo in the pool. They even tried rafting once.
One colleague was so enthusiastic she jumped into the pool wanting to join in – even though she couldn’t swim. No problem, the rest of the staff from WACKER Milan got her out of the water in no time. Everybody has fun on this day, they laugh a lot but also get to know a completely different side to themselves and their co-workers.
Looking back, Marcello Orestano reflects: “My team fits together very well.” On this cheerful summer's day a feeling of togetherness has developed, which will have a lasting effect on everyday working life. “With us there are neither disagreements, nor infighting or jockeying for position,” says Marcello Orestano, “instead, processes run smoothly and everyone always takes a direct rather than a bureaucratic approach to getting things done.
Teamwork is important, but Orestano finds it just as important that all of his 20 employees are specialists who have excellent knowledge of their respective fields. “Whether it's in construction chemicals, textiles or the automotive industry – the market needs specialists,” says Orestano, “because only experts can explain to our customers which innovative products can be used for their applications.”