Aino Tarhala, Senior Service Manager of Frends, truly tested her
employer’s flexibility and asked if she could move to Mexico – during the
probationary period. Now Aino has a beautiful neck tattoo that stands out with
the logo of Frends.
Aino’s career in the IT sector started later in life, after having
children. As the service manager of Frends, she has achieved the top of her
career and found her place professionally. At the same time, she has been able
to fulfill her long-term dream and live abroad. The significant phase of life
is now eternalized as a tattoo.
“A few years ago, I recognized a need to eternalize something in my
skin. Tattoos are a form of self-expression. In my latest tattoo, I wanted to
symbolize my current life situation in Mexico, as it is so amazing to be here.
Frends play a major role in that,” says Aino.
A local tattoo artist, famous for her colorful water paint tattoos,
agreed to make a more ordinary tattoo with different-sized stars. The pattern
was inspired by Rihanna, an artist admired by Aino. With three Frends logos to
supplement the star pattern, Aino designed a unique version of Rihanna’s neck
“The logos among stars symbolize my career development and the product
growth journey. I can stand proudly behind the Frends integration platform that
has been the longest in the market. In addition, the logo is simply
Working from Mexico has enabled new cultural experiences for the whole
family and significantly improved Aino’s well-being. However, tackling an
eight-hour time difference has required practice with scheduling eating and
Aino sleeps from 8–11 pm and then starts her night shift. Around 7 am,
she finishes work and starts the morning routine with the children. After a
morning nap, she has time for herself, which means going to the gym and
exploring new places. In the afternoon, it’s time to pick up the children from
school and focus on family time and children’s activities.
“Sometimes everyday life feels consuming, especially when kids’ school
events make me stay up late. However, I sleep better, work out more regularly,
and eat more purely than in Finland. Even the customer feedback is more
positive. I have chosen this rhythm as I am most efficient when working in
Finland’s time zone.”
Aino appreciates the flexibility of Frends that has enabled fulfilling
an important dream and finding a functional daily rhythm. Frends has given Aino
an option for a shortened work week, which has not been needed for now. The
culture of trust was already visible while working in Finland, as employees
could choose between working remotely or from the office.
“Frends will stay with me as an experience that lasts a lifetime. I get
support from my colleagues, who seem close, even though I am physically on the
other side of the world. It is amazing how an employer enables a unique career
supporting professional development and well-being.”
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