Were you a part of the 32.4% of people who made a weight loss or healthier living-related New Years Resolution this year? Are you sticking with it? We hope you said yes, but the reality is that about 42% of resolutions don’t last longer than a month.1
If you’re someone who made this resolution and work in an office, chances are your rolling chair and stationary desk are the reasons you aren’t as active or why, even though you’re off your feet, you still feel tired by the end of the day. This is because there are adverse effects to sitting for long periods of time, including muscle strains, poor circulation, increased risk of heart disease, and effects to mental well-being.2
In order to combat this, experts recommend taking simple steps like taking a walk during your lunch break or standing while making a phone call. They also suggest investing in a standing desk or treadmill desk. Since we recognize that those last suggestions aren’t always realistic options, we’d like to share a post from our friends at Snack Nation. They have come up with exercises that you can perform right at your desk!3 If you sit at a desk all day and want to stick with your New Years resolution, this post could be just what you need to get yourself moving and feeling energized!
Everyday is Pet Day if you’re an animal lover, but today we give extra love to our furry friends. Say hello to the cats & dogs of Sulzer US!
Mulligan McRoryEyes on the road, pal!
Coco & Aga An
“Can we go outside and play, Dad?”
“Yea, I wish it wasn’t snowing in April, too.”
We may not have warm, spring weather yet, but that’s not stopping us from getting active with some rock climbing; Indoor rock climbing, that is! Just minutes from the office, The Gravity Vault is a great place for teams to get in some bonding after work hours. With about four people to every one instructor, the groups were small enough that everybody got ample climb time and big enough that there was always a cheering squad rooting for you at the bottom. We had great instructors who were at the other end of our harnessed ropes also cheering us on and suggesting the next move to get to the top.
Imagine this: The climb starts off easy. Left arm and left leg up, right arm and right leg up. Then you realize you’re halfway up the wall, heart racing, and don’t know your next move. You hold on tighter and try to reach your foot up to your hip’s level. Sounds hard! But rock climbing is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a mental one, too. When you think you don’t have the energy to pull yourself up to the next handhold, your eagerness to succeed and make it to the top kicks in and you power through!
And if you think this is just an individual activity, you are sorely mistaken (emphasis on sore. It’s quite the workout!). A few of us participated in what I like to call, “Blind Rock Racing.” Two climbers were blindfolded and went toe to toe, climbing up walls with comparable skill levels while others on the floor guided him or her on where their next move should be. Our team is growing and it’s more important than ever to find team building opportunities in so many things we do!
Our Sulzerites don’t just work hard, they play hard, too! On the West Coast, we have a small team based in California made up of Lukas & Christian. When fellow colleague, Martin, was there, the three of them took a visit to the 60th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show to experience new cars and features that the show had to offer.
Martin (left), Lukas (center), and Christian (right)
They went directly from the office to give themselves plenty of time to explore. So much time, in fact, that Martin sat in almost every car available! They also had the opportunity to test drive new KIA models and a hybrid car around the block. Lukas says that was his favorite part! Martin and Christian enjoyed being able to build their own Volkswagen model and digitally paint it. The red was a nice choice!
The SF Auto Show gives visitors a chance to see the latest automotive innovations from the world’s major manufacturers. They get the chance to sit in, feel, and daydream about what it would be like to own one, which is the what the show is all about! We hope our team can visit again next time it’s in town!
Meet our Junior IT Project Manager, Navneet Purba. She started working with us in October 2017. In just five months, she has grown as a leader and says her biggest accomplishment as Sulzer so far is managing more large-scale projects on her own. Each day, she always tries to learn as much as she can about how to become a successful project manager. Navneet also plans on pursuing her MBA in order to work in upper management, where she can one day lead her own team of project managers! Her hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She played varsity tennis all four year of high school and aspired to continue playing in college, but after a knee injury, Navneet had to stop playing. Today, with her positive attitude and love for the sport, she gives tennis lessons in her free time!
They are our latest round of interns at Sulzer, US! We have one intern in project management and two in application development. They are all full-time interns who come from abroad. (Each of them hails from Germany!)
Janina Seluga is our Project Management Intern from Munich, Germany. She began her six-month stint with Sulzer US in August 2017. Janina is a student and had a requirement to complete an internship for her university. Since she was already working for Sulzer GmbH in Germany for the past four years, she learned about the possibility of completing the requirement with Sulzer in the US! Not only did she have a knowledge base of the company, but Janina was also interested is seeing other countries, so she applied! As our Project Management Intern, she is proud of her work and the fact that she is given responsibility for small projects. This is not an internship where you need to be getting coffee or working on a superior’s project! She manages her own projects and is gaining great experience since the scope of her projects are all different. The best advice she’s received while being here is, “Problems are no problem. Think of them as challenges!” Outside of work, Janina likes to run, play tennis, read, cook and travel!
Rafael Muselmann is one of our Application Development Interns. He is from Gaimersheim, Germany. Since September 2017, he has been with Sulzer US working on various projects such as BA Online, a web application used to display a car’s manual, as well as the ChargeForward project alongside another intern, Martin. Like Janina, he is also a student completing his six-month internship requirement. His favorite parts about being at Sulzer US are the friendly colleagues and meeting up with each other outside of work for a game of soccer! When he’s not working, he likes to windsurf and play piano. He’s also a fellow blogger! He writes posts regularly about his time in the US and shares them with his family and friends back in Germany. It’s a great way to keep in touch and share his experiences!
Janina and Rafael took weekend trips to places like Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia!!
Martin Langbecker, our other Application Development Intern, is also here for a six-month internship. He resides in Hamburg, Germany and studies Computer Science in Ilmenau, Germany. He decided to apply for an internship in the US the moment he saw the opportunity! He previously lived in the states and knew he wanted to continue his studies abroad, so he’s back! Since September, Martin has been with Sulzer US working on interesting and relevant e-mobility projects, specifically, ChargeForward. The best advice he’s received so far is, “Transparency, honesty, and communication are keys to a successful project.” Outside of work, Martin likes to go bouldering, reads, and plays guitar. He takes his passion for music even further by organizing living room concerts! He put together more than 20 concerts when he lived in Germany!
Interning in another country is quite the experience and these three have been making the most of it! And while they are only here for a couple more months, we have all enjoyed working with and getting to know our wonderful interns.
We look forward to continuing to provide a learning experience for interns like Janina, Rafael, and Martin, and we value the hard work that they contribute on a daily basis!