Interview with three valuable collaborators: Rachid El Mir, Domenico Milani and Alberto Farronato.
What’s your name? How old are you?
A: Alberto, I’m 24 years old.
D: Domenico, 54.
R: Rachid, 52.
How long have you been with the Company?
A: Since 2011.
D: Since 1 January 1985.
R: Since 1990.
What do you do?
A: Maintenance Manager.
D: Lamination Department Manager.
R: Head Machine Operator of the Printing Department.
What does SDR mean to you?
A: SDR is a big family, a large group.
D: Have I told you how long I have been working here?! For better or for worse, it’s my life... I have spent more time here than outside... but I don’t regret it!
R: It’s like a second home.
What do you like most about your job?
A: Being in contact with all the people from the various departments and the fact that every day is never the same as the day before, it is always new.
D: Spending time with my Co-workers... a bit of everything really... my life is in here!
R: I change my mind often... the variety of subjects to print.
What would you say about SDR to someone unfamiliar with the company?
A: It is an expanding company that is constantly on the lookout for new, committed staff.
D: I have spent years explaining the difference between a shopping bag and a laminated coil! (editor’s note: laughs) I can also say that we started out with five employees and now there are about 80 of us.
R: Like a tree that grows as you take care of it.
What would you like to say to your Co-workers?
A: Certainly that they should work together and help each other in times of need.
D: Many things! One thing for sure: it is not true that work is the best thing in life, but since work allows us to make a living, we should regard it as a priority.
R: To always be honest... and always be committed.
In a word, what is your greatest quality?
D: I am good at organising work and I have many years of experience in my department.
R: I am determined.
Your limit in one word?
A: My limit?! I try not to have limits and to always overcome difficulties.
D: I am very patient, but I’ll lose my temper when boundaries are crossed!
R: I lose my patience with people who couldn't care less.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Good question! Hopefully, I will have achieved my goals, my ideas.
D: If I am able to retire, to get on my wife’s nerves all day long!
R: With more hope... you never know what could happen tomorrow...
What objective are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m finishing building a house... to provide a stable life for my family!
D: Gaining more authority in relations with my Co-workers.
R: I’m learning to be more relaxed, in terms of mind and body.
If you could be a famous person, either a real or a fictional one, who would you be?
A: Nobody in particular, no-one ‘important’, because I’m happy with my life and I constantly work to improve it. I don’t regret anything and I keep trying to improve.
D: I have never had a favourite famous person... since I love travelling, I would say travellers in general, those who go on long trips.
R: An historical Arab figure, Ibn Battuta... he travelled the world!
Is there a motto, saying or sentence you feel represents you?
A: You have to be brave enough to take risks, otherwise life will be reduced to nothing. (ed. quote from Vasco Rossi)
D: If you set goals for yourself in life and want to achieve them, you will get what you deserve: everyone has what they are looking for!
R: Your face is your mirror.
What do you like about other people?
A: I like people who have ideas that differ from mine and being able to discuss them together.
D: I like sincere, honest people. I prefer arguing with someone who tells me the truth, rather than dealing with someone who doesn’t say things.
R: People who are dedicated, consistent.
What bothers you instead?
A: People who never change their opinion, who are not open-minded... people who are stubborn and adamant only about their ideas.
D: Whiners: those who always complain, who feel sorry for themselves. At work, those who think they can make a good impression by gossiping about their co-workers.
What are your hobbies?
A: With building a house and working, I don’t have a lot of free time... I enjoy spending my free time with my son, with my family.
D: Travelling and photography. Growing my small vegetable garden. I have recently started enjoying going for walks in the mountains.
R: Cooking and DIY.
Your ideal trip?
A: I would like to visit South America.
D: There’s enough to write a book! I’m not a resort kind of person. I’m a traveller, not a tourist... I prefer meeting people, learning about cultures... not tourist destinations.
R: A pilgrimage to Mecca.
What makes you happy?
A: Trying to make other people happy.
D: Pay day?! That makes me happy! (editor’s note: laughs)
R: When everyone in my family is in good health.