Walter Orthmann started working in a textile plant when he was 14 years old, in January 1938, and has remained there ever since.
Working for the same company for almost 84 years is a world record for a Brazilian. Walter Orthmann, 100, has worked for textile company Industrias Renaux S.A. for more than eight decades, according to Guinness World Records. In January 1938, when his family was struggling to make ends meet, Ortmann began working at the age of 15. At the time, most children were employed. In 1938, children were expected to help maintain the family, Orthmann said. When I was 14, my mother sent me to look for work as the oldest of five children. He began his career as a shipping assistant before moving into sales. Soon after, he was promoted to department manager. According to Guinness World Records, Walter Orthmann believes that the finest thing about a job is that it gives you meaning, commitment, and routine. He now holds the Guinness World Record for working for the same employer for the longest period.
The story of Ortmann stands out at a time when corporations are struggling to retain employees due to low pay and a hostile work environment. According to PEOPLE, the 100-year-old has stayed in the same job his entire life due to the opportunity to travel and meet new people. Guinness has witnessed numerous changes in the company, the country, and the world during his 84 years of service. As a result, he has realized the importance of staying current and adjusting to diverse situations.
On April 19, Ostermann celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and family at work. “When we’re doing something we enjoy, we don’t notice time passing,” Orthmann added. “I don’t plan ahead and don’t think about tomorrow. I only worry about waking up, getting dressed, exercising, and going to work tomorrow; you need to focus on the present, not the past or the future. Now is all that matters. So, let’s get started! According to Orthmann, his constant desire to learn new things kept him going. For him, it was never about the record. It was about being cheerful and working in a positive environment. “Despite never considering setting a record, I believe my biggest achievement was being certified as the longest-serving employee of the same organization,” the author says. RenauxView is the new name of Industrias Renaux SA, where he works. He was in Brusque, a tiny town in Santa Catarina state with a large German population.
As a child, he went barefoot to school and excelled in it. However, when his family faced financial difficulties, he started looking for employment. His mother took him to the weaving mill to apply for a job, and due to his excellent command of German, he was hired. “I was hired as a salesperson.
In less than a week, I filled the factory with orders equivalent to three months of work, he recalled. His responsibilities increased as he advanced up the corporate ladder. By the 1950s, he was constantly traveling and meeting new people and clients. He liked his lifestyle. Throughout his career, he maintained a strong network of clients, many of whom he would become lifelong friends with.
In his 84 years at the company, his ability to adapt was one of his best skills. He stays up-to-date on processes and practices and adjusts as needed.
He may be 100 years old, but he is in excellent health, thanks to a regular schedule and exercise. He still drives to work and has excellent memory. When asked for advice for someone just starting out, he said it’s important to work for an organization that keeps you motivated. His lifestyle is rather relaxed and he avoids thinking too far ahead. “I don’t plan ahead of time or worry about tomorrow.” All I have to worry about is waking up, getting dressed, exercising, and going to work tomorrow; live in the present, not the past or the future. The present is all that matters. “Let’s get started!””” he exclaimed.