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The reconciling of work and leisure time ranks high on the employee value scale, often even number one. Flexibility is one of the pillars of modern working life. Finding the right balance between work and life is also part of good work-life skills: you need to give yourself time to recover so that your mind remains refreshed and fit for work. People are at their best when they are in a good mood and rested. On the other hand, no one is solely responsible for their own recovery, and the employer's approach to flexibility plays a major role in wellbeing.
At Frends, different arrangements regarding working hours, location, and absences are commonplace. More and more workers are choosing to work shorter hours, and, in most cases, it is easy to organize. Studies, hobbies, busy family life, or an otherwise hectic lifestyle are typical reasons for reduced working hours, but there are also many other reasons. Many people working reduced hours work 80% of the time, having one extra day off; others choose to work five days a week but keep the days slightly shorter. In addition, some students choose to continue working as hourly workers after graduation because it allows them to travel spontaneously, for example.
"For me, working a four-day week was already an important requirement from my future employer when I applied for a job. At Frends, this was well received, and agreeing on working hours has gone smoothly," says Pekka, Frends new Software Developer.
With the corona pandemic, remote working has become the new norm in sectors other than IT as well. At Frends, remote working has been part of our culture for a long time, if client work has allowed it, and we have a history of all kinds of remote working adventures. Some people have been surfing in southern Europe, some have attended a band's world tour on the other side of the globe. Many also feel that they need a longer period in the sun during Finland's dark winter months. Working from abroad is usually easy, especially in the EU.
"When the part-time arrangements of some colleagues seemed to work well, I was encouraged to ask my manager about the possibility of a four-day working week. My supervisor gave me the green light and Frends seems to welcome flexible working arrangements, so it was easy to implement the change," says Service & Software Developer Kirsi.
Flexibility is also reflected, for example, in the timing of holidays. Some prefer to spend their summer holidays in the traditional holiday month of July, while others prefer to spend a longer period abroad in the winter. Frends also rewards self-development with time off. The Frendszies are making good use of the freedoms, and rightly so. A few days off sprinkled here and there will help you feel better and increase good moods.
Mental well-being is key in a specialist job that requires concentration. Employer flexibility and attention to individual needs and wishes support wellbeing and keep job satisfaction high. We all have more important things in our lives than just work and different ways of keeping our minds sharp. You can and should still enjoy your work, but it's best when you have the right work-life balance.
"When I finish work on Thursday and set up the out-of-office message, it feels nice to have a long weekend. In three days, I can engage in my hobbies, do housework, run errands, and rest," says Kirsi.
With Frends you get to see the development of the modern enterprise iPaaS platform from various angles. In our wide range portfolio of clients, you can find nationally and internationally known companies across 15 different countries that will lead you to interesting and meaningful projects.
Strong team spirit as well as trust, freedom and flexibility are the cornerstones of our culture. Top workmates coupled with challenging and versatile projects with a powerful platform which enables digitalization and process automation – this is Frendszone.