She is in the prime of her life and also enjoys getting stuck into the production herself. This is not typical of a team leader on the production line, but this is not an issue for Mara Koleva: “Sometimes you have to go back to the source of the work to understand the basics.” She wishes to lead by example and also show her team that she knows what she’s talking about. Doing so helps her to relate to and understand the concerns and challenges facing her staff: “I can only ask people to do things that I have tried myself with my own hands”, explains Koleva. And she asks for a lot because, at the end of the day, dishwashers of the highest quality must leave the production hall. “To achieve this, you have to have a clear line.”
“As a woman and a manager in a male-dominated work environment, you have to be able to assert yourself”
And she has one. The team leader on production line 1 knows exactly what she wants and displays an incredible amount of power: “As a woman and a manager in a male-dominated work environment, you have to be able to assert yourself”, explains Mara Koleva. “This wasn’t always easy in the beginning”, she admits. But now, after just over a year, she has found her place and is pleased with the recognition of her staff.
“My staff know that they can come to me with their concerns – I will always lend an ear, whether they want to talk about private or work-related issues”, says Koleva. After all, she knows that well-balanced employees are the key to a high-quality product. Up to 350 Adora dishwashers are produced on her production line in one day – and for this she requires the full attention of every individual.
“As a mother and a full-time employee I know just how useful household appliances are – they make your day-to-day tasks easier so that you also have time to switch off and recharge your batteries.”
She is proud of her team. Her production staff have an awareness of the high quality of the Adora dishwashers: “You see this in the ways in which they process materials and in their precision. It is important to them personally that there is a good product at the end”, says Koleva. In her view, it is the personal commitment of every single employee that really makes us a Swiss manufacturer. The results of this tireless commitment are durable and robust dishwashers fitted with sophisticated sensors and functions that make users’ daily lives easier and more exciting.
As a mother of two sons, she herself knows how important a reliable dishwasher is: “As a mother and a full-time employee I know just how useful household appliances are – they make your day-to-day tasks easier so that you also have time to switch off and recharge your batteries.” Mara Koleva enjoys recharging her own batteries by travelling to foreign cities. Within her own four walls, she prefers to switch off with a good book: “At home I enjoy the peace and quiet to give myself a clear head for the next working day.”
Whether she is on the shop floor, the production line, or in her office, Mara Koleva is a superwoman and wants to create change with her work. “If I am on the production line and notice that a handle is not ergonomic, I immediately go about optimizing this work step. I see this as my duty and, in my opinion, this is what makes a good team leader on the production line”, explains Mara Koleva.
“I enjoy the social element of our company. We cater to our employees and that really impressed me right from the start”
The 45-year-old superwoman can thank her assertiveness for helping her along the path to becoming a successful team leader: having originally trained as a dental assistant, she paved her own way into the industry of her own volition and by taking numerous further training courses. She came here and feels especially happy within our company: “I enjoy the social element of our company. We cater to our employees and that really impressed me right from the start”, she admits. She was able to immediately identify with the brand: “My character fits very well with V-ZUG, as I place great emphasis on top quality. I also like to unleash my inner perfectionist”, says Mara Koleva with a smile.
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