Work-life balance is taken
seriously at Frends, which supports organizations in several countries with
more transparent and efficient integration development. To balance its strong growth,
Frends actively invests in the well-being of its employees by focusing on
building a strong atmosphere and team spirit where everyone is respected and
taken care of.
important that our employees feel that they belong and are committed to
our work community. In our culture, different people in different life
situations are valued and taken into account. We offer, for example, flexibility
and versatile activities, which support well-being and a sense of belonging,” says
Elina Salo, Head of Talent Acquisition at Frends.
We assess the
satisfaction and desires of Frendszies in our annual employee survey.
According to our latest survey, Frendszies expressed high satisfaction, for
example, in the following areas, with a total score of 3,7 out of 4 on average: "Different kinds of life situations are taken into account well in Frends," "I feel that, if it's needed, my employer is flexible regarding working hours, practices, and processes," and "I feel that, if it's needed, my employer is flexible regarding working hours, practices, and processes."
Supporting different lifestyles
and personal goals
Frends values employees’
lifestyles and personal goals related to family, hobbies, or academic growth.
For example, Key Account Manager Stefan Sirkiä competes in road cycling
(Master1) and gets full support from his employer.
“I work out 700 hours per year.
This might not sound like much for a professional athlete, but for an amateur
with a family and a demanding job, it’s a lot. I am grateful for an employer
that sponsors my racing clothes, allows me to do training camps in Mallorca and
participate in, sometimes quite long, competitions,” says Sirkiä.
Remote and hybrid work or
part-time work are not just terms for recruitment marketing but everyday life
for many people working at Frends. For example, Service
Manager Aino Tarhala, is hardcore testing the Finnish
technology company’s remote work culture by working from Mexico. Furthermore, Ari Kankainen, Senior
Integration Developer, works remotely
from a small town, Mikkeli, and has only visited the Espoo headquarters a few
Sports – mountain biking,
floorball, padel, running, and golf
Frends organizes activities and
perks designed for their people. For example, Frends in Finland has a weekly
booking for padel and floorball. In Poland, Frendszies have recently enjoyed
Go-Kart Racing, IT Olympics, and kayaking. Frendszies have also been mountain
biking, downhill skiing, trail-running, and running together in different
Believe it or not, there has
even been a voluntary group for the 12-minute Cooper Test. And let’s not forget
about yearly golf tournaments that allow the golf loving Frendszies to see
who’s who. In the latest golf tournament in 2023, it was time for champagne as
one of Frendszies made history and hit a hole-in-one.
Fun activities from karaoke to
baking, sauna evenings, and grilling parties
denying the fact that Frendszies love sports, but there are no limits on how to
have fun together. Sauna evenings, cake baking, wine and beer tastings,
karaoke, cinema, and theater are just a few of the activities that Frendszies
have participated in throughout the years.
In addition, teams can arrange
their fun nights and choose any activity they desire. Frendszies have, for
example, been to shooting Ranges, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, grilling parties
at the office garden, cocktail schools, horse riding,
A few Frendszies have even found themselves a band and been able to do gigs in After Work Events – and even more publicly in a local pub and events.
“Our low level of hierarchy is
obvious in the events and activities. Everyone has fun together, no matter what
the title or role is. We have a culture of trust where we cheer each other. For
example, Karaoke is a favorite activity for many of us in Finland especially.
First, we open our voices together, and then everyone has a chance to shine,”
says Judith Sibelius, People and Culture Specialist at Frends.
Wellness, relaxation, and great
Stress is no stranger to someone
working in a fast-growing IT company and can build up in time. Hence, Frends
pays close attention to good management and perks that help support both mental
and physical recovery.
The office is packed with
healthy snacks, such as smoothies and fruits, and once a month, Frendszies
gather for a delicious breakfast at the office. Frends has provided body
composition measurements to support healthy lifestyles. Furthermore, a massage
therapist visits Frendszies in bigger offices every month.
Testing new things is common in
the company and wishes will be heard. For example, the Neurosonic recliner at
the office has helped nerve pathways in an alert state to calm down and allow
recovery. In addition, compression boots for recovery increase digestion and
relieve muscle tension. For those needing a break, N.A.P. Neuron Activation Pod
has provided the ultimate relaxation or a quiet space for work.
“We’ve got a lot of positive
feedback on the healthy snacks at the office that help to maintain your energy
throughout the day. But of course, we like to enjoy ourselves and let loose, as
well. In Poland, a yearly Fat Thursday event involves doughnuts, pizza, and
anything people crave,” grins Sibelius.
Frendszies enjoy their work
hours and free time together, which is why after-work and team events are
popular. The other main parties are the pre-Christmas party and the summer party.
Often, the events have a specific theme, for example, a game night, a band night, or a popular costume
party with different themes, where you can vote for the best costume.
“The best thing about my job and
organizing these events is hearing the laughter. The Frendszies enjoy spending
time together and get excited about the themes, which anyone can suggest,” says
Frends is known for its
family-friendly culture, shown in its activities. Frends arranges family events with magicians and a
glitter artist, Halloween costume after works, and Christmas porridge and
grilling parties, for example. A few years back, 100 families attended an
active family day in Vihti activity PuuhaPark.
In addition, Frends in Finland
arranges daycare at the office a week before the summer holidays. It’s a great
opportunity for Frendszies whose kids are already on summer holidays, but the
last-minute work should be done without disruption. Jarkko Koivunen,
Senior Integration Developer, drove all the way from Kokkola, Finland, to the
Espoo office to utilize this summer daycare service.
“I appreciate how well Frends
supports families and work-life balance. We had a chance to spend quality time
with my daughter in the Helsinki area, and I could focus on work while
childcare professionals took care of her,” says Koivunen.
Interested in becoming a Frendszie,
or do you have suggestions for other work-life balance actions?
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