Otello Valenti:
“The late decision regarding our Power Unit required some special measures in terms of employing additional staff on a temporary basis over the winter. We had to focus especially on the Design Office side, Production and Quality Control, squeezing the work into a short space of time. In the Design Office alone, we needed an additional ten people, equivalent to 30% of the workforce and we had to hire all those people in a very short timeframe of around three weeks. We had to recruit them and move them, mainly from abroad to Italy and the same applied to Production where we had to add 40% to our resources in a similar timeframe. We moved production to a three-shift system, working 24-7.”

“To find the additional staff, the four members of the HR department worked long hours and we also involved agencies, both in Italy and abroad and used all the available technology when it came to interviews, so normal phones, mobiles, Skype, conference calls and one-to-one interviews to cope with the number of people we needed to hire. We were looking not only for people with the right technical skills, but people who were team-players, happy to move to Italy and fit in with the culture of the team. Naturally, the heads of the respective technical departments also had to put a lot off effort into this.”

“Now, we have a total of 28 different nationalities working here in Faenza! 50% are Italian, 30% are from the UK with the remaining 20% coming from all over the world. The majority of the new recruits are on a short-term contract, but we estimate that around 20% of them will now be kept on permanently. A side effect of this short-term but intensive recruiting effort is that we found some extremely talented people who fell in love with STR and we fell in love with them! They filled existing vacancies rather than increasing the head count above our original requirements.”

“One of the most difficult aspects of this recruitment drive was actually on the logistics side, because we needed to find accommodation for the extra staff in our area and Faenza is not such a big town. Once we signed contracts, we needed to fly them here and house them. We needed to provide them with a comfortable living situation so they could concentrate on doing the best job possible.”