Faces, stories, teams and talents

Interview with Ali Haxhaj
  • Ali Haxhaj
  • order picker and deputy team leader
  • with FIEGE in Lahr since 2010

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT FIEGE?

I was new in Germany at the time and wanted to work. My uncle told me that FIEGE offers the opportunity to work in the warehouse. I applied and started working for FIEGE one month later via a temporary employment agency. Until June 2013 I worked in the loading and unloading areas. Then I was taken on directly by FIEGE and I started working in order picking as a forklift driver.

HOW DID YOUR CAREER DEVELOP?

We always have the opportunity to fill in somewhere else – in general cargo, unloading or storage. I am always open to learning something new and I enjoyed doing it. I spent a few months in the general cargo department, but I also worked in order picking from time to time. When a vacancy arose in the office, in the control center, I was asked if I wanted to do that. I was then in the control center for almost a year, from the beginning of February to November 2019. Since November I am now back in the picking department. Working “outside” in the warehouse with colleagues is simply what I enjoy most. I asked if it was possible to switch back and that was no problem at all. In the control center I really had good experiences and learned a lot: how orders are processed, but also how to dispatch, pick and load.

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY LOOK LIKE?

I work the late shift, i.e. from 12 noon. The control center then informs me about the schedule, what’s different that day or where I have to pay particular attention. That always happens at the beginning. Sometimes I have to train new employees. If not, I get my forklift, log in and get the orders from the control center. Then I start picking. Because I worked at the control station, I know the entire process and can understand it better. The appointments in the evening are important. In the evening, we have deadlines for the groupage freight almost every half hour, which have to be met so that the goods, the tires, don’t go out too late. You have to step on the gas a little. When we look at the clock and a few things are missing, that’s the action with us.

 

 

WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY LIKE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

The contact with people in any case. When training new employees, I make sure that they enjoy coming to work. I really enjoy that. I know typical mistakes from my time in the control center. That’s why I try to share them with the new employees so that they don’t make these mistakes in the first place. Of course you can’t avoid them completely. Mistakes always happen. Working in a team and a good atmosphere are especially important to me.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WORKING ATMOSPHERE AT FIEGE?

It is very harmonious. I can really say that out loud. We have a great team. We get along great in order picking, many of my colleagues have been with us for a long time, just like me. If someone has suggestions or a problem, we always discuss it in the big group.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN GERMANY AND WHERE DID YOU LEARN GERMAN?

I have lived in Germany since September 2010 and learned German as a child in Kosovo. We watched many German channels, films, series – everything in German. Also through my cousins who grew up in Germany and often visited us during vacations. When I came to Germany, I had no problems with the language.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR WORK?

I have three children and I am a family person. When I have vacations, we often fly to the seaside or to my home country. We actually always do something.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE APPLICANTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO FIEGE?

I always have a saying about FIEGE, I have already said this to my brother and many others: At FIEGE I am a person and not just a number. And I noticed that from the very beginning. That is why I am still with FIEGE and I am not planning to leave at some point. I also say this to new employees whom I train.