What is the longest time you have spent working in the same company? Five years? Ten or fifteen years?
A Brazillian man has worked at the same company for over 84 years.
Walter Orthmann, 100, has set the World Record for the longest career in the same company.
The record was verified on 6 January 2022. At that time, Walter had spent 84 years and 9 days at the same company.
Walter started working as a shipping assistant at a textile company in Santa Catarina, Brazil called Industrias Renaux SA (now known as ReneauxView) on January 17, 1938. He was 15 years old then.
He was born in Brusque, a small town in Santa Catarina, Brazil. He would walk barefoot to school to study and then practice at home. He had a brilliant memory and attention to detail.
He began working at an early age to support his family through financial struggles. He was hired at Industrias Renaux SA due to his proficiency in the German language.
Shortly after joining, he was promoted to a position in sales. He was later promoted to the position of Sales Manager.
“I was given the opportunity to work as a salesperson. I traveled to São Paulo and in less than one week I filled the production with orders equivalent of three months of work,” Walter told Guinness World Records.
He believes that the best part about having a job is that it gives you a sense of purpose, commitment and a routine.
Walter has seen things change in the company, in the country and in the world. His learning is that one of the most important parts of the business is to always be up-to-date and to adapt to different contexts.
Walter turned 100 years old on April 19. He celebrated his birthday with his coworkers, friends and family.
He exercises every day and is in good health, with excellent mental clarity and memory.
What’s his favourite place? The office!
“When we do what we like, we don’t see the time go by,” he said.
Walter advises people to work for a good company and in an area where they feel motivated.
He said, “I don’t do much planning, nor care much about tomorrow. All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise and go to work; you need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts. So, let’s go to work!”
According to timesnownews.com. Source of photo: internet