Enfo as an employer – How was my first year as an Enfonian?
What is the culture like at Enfo? What is Enfo like as an employer? Why would you recommend working at Enfo and where do you think there’s room for improvement?
These are the questions I always like to ask the interviewer if given the opportunity. When I applied for a job at Enfo just over a year ago, one of the adjectives the interviewer mentioned to describe the company really stuck in my mind. That adjective was “friendly”. With one year of experience, I can now say that I agree with that description. At Enfo, we really do have a friendly, open and appreciative atmosphere. This is important to me as an employee. Having said that, who would consider the atmosphere of the workplace – a place where you spend five days a week and eight hours a day – irrelevant?
I also had positive feelings about the recruitment process, which contributed to my decision to accept the job offer. My future colleague, Talent Acquisition Manager Kiira Planting, contacted me right after the application period had ended to offer a clear explanation of what was to happen next and when. The recruitment process progressed at a good pace, I was kept up-to-date about the process and Kiira gave me clear instructions for the interview.
As early as the very first weeks, it became clear that the job would be a position of real responsibility with varied tasks, and I was eager to accept it. My supervisor Pelagia Wolff took care of my orientation professionally. Instead of just being drowned in work right away in the first days and weeks, there was also time in my schedule for learning the ins and outs independently.
At Enfo, we really do have a friendly, open and appreciative atmosphere.
Based on one year’s experience, I would say that Enfo is a company with a relaxed culture and low hierarchy. Some time ago a friend of mine said that it would be nice to work for a company where you could occasionally high-five the CEO. At Enfo, you can do just that. Or at least I don’t think that Seppo Kuula would have anything against that.
Breakfast, rewards and competence development
When it comes to employee experience, even small things matter. Small things make me happy as a consumer and customer, and much in the same way, you can make me happy as an employee without resorting to showy circus acts. Enfo offers breakfast once a week, although due to the coronavirus, the breakfasts had to be put on hold for the time being. In the summer, we received sweet surprises via text message, and this spring we were allowed to pick up large computer screens from the office to make working from home easier. I also loaded an office chair into the backseat of my car, and I am still using that chair for working remotely from home. Remote working did not come as a shock to the organization as it was already among the company’s practices before the coronavirus pandemic.
At Enfo, employee experience is measured every month. The measurements show a positive trend: compared to two years ago, there has been great improvement and the scores have steadily risen month by month. This improvement is the result of systematic efforts and the fact that employees are considered the most important asset of the company.
Enfo Excellence Awards are awarded each month. Anyone is allowed to nominate a colleague or a team for the award as a thank you for their good work. Winners not only get an article published about them on Enfo’s intranet, but also receive a cash reward. Me and my teammate had the chance to nominate our colleague, Kiira Planting, for the award for her impressive work in recruitment and the building of employer image. What makes the Excellence Award so valuable is, in my opinion, the fact that the award is given by colleagues so there is no need to rely on managers or some secret cabinets to take the initiative.
Throughout my career, I have worked on the principle that although I can be flexible when needed, working overtime is an exception rather than a rule. At Enfo, I have managed to hold onto this principle.
During my first year at Enfo, I have also appreciated the fact that people have been open to my ideas. No one has ever turned down my ideas solely because “this is how we have always done it and will continue to do it”. Much in the same vein, competence development is also welcomed in the company: the IT industry is hardly the sector where you should gather moss and try to move ahead using the same practices and skills you made use of 10 years ago.
But what about work-life balance? Throughout my career, I have worked on the principle that although I can be flexible when needed, working overtime is an exception rather than a rule. At Enfo, I have managed to hold onto this principle. As interesting as my job is, my free time is full of things that I want to spend enough time doing. After my career ends, I do not think that the thing I will regret the most will be not having spent more time at my desk working longer hours.
All organizations have room for improvement
Is there really no room for improvement? Yes, I am sure there is. No workplace is perfect, and organizations also need to constantly respond to the evolving expectations of employees and the external pressure to change, the coronavirus being a good example of the latter. Although the epidemic pressured Enfo into making adjustments, we have fortunately managed to avoid job terminations.
In my opinion, one of the targets for development is the strengthening of Finnish-Swedish collaboration. The challenges in this respect are, however, linked to different offerings and markets, not collaboration skills. Of course, the age-old rivalry between Finland and Sweden rears its head from time to time, although in good spirit. Expansion through acquisitions has also presented challenges when people from different cultures and organizations have been brought together.
For me and Enfo, the honeymoon is now over, and I am looking forward to the months and years to come. Based on what I have seen thus far, everything that matters to me seems to be in order, and I believe that I will be happy as an Enfonian in the future as well.
Mari Rihti is Enfo’s marketing manager and is responsible for marketing communication and its development in Finland. Mari is excited about new technologies and the possibilities and benefits they bring to society and people’s lives. In her free time, Mari does various sports, such as dance, and to balance that out, she also enjoys literature, quality TV shows and good food, be it homecooked or prepared by a professional.