At the time of this interview, Chee How Goh is mere days away from his annual 4-week vacation.
“I’m going to visit my home country. When people ask me about Finland and Nokia, the first thing I’ll talk about is the work-life balance. It’s absolutely awesome!”
In Finland, people tend to work efficiently within 7.5 hours a day and enjoy the evenings and weekends off. He says that it’s good to see that this is common practice throughout society.
“There’s no pressure to log in outside the office hours. The company also encourages me to prioritize my well-being – for example, by reminding me to take my annual summer holiday.
Räisänen points out that work-life balance and the well-being of employees are prioritized at Nokia.
“Having worked a year and a half at Nokia, I can say with confidence that people are at the center.”
She mentions that Finns are generally highly educated, people can easily switch to English, and that the society is safe and highly egalitarian.
“There’s no situation where you wouldn’t be able to get a service delivered in English. Finns are very helpful and adaptive when it comes to that.”
This extends to workplaces, and it’s easy to work in English in Finland. For everyday encounters and integrating deeper into Finnish society, Chee How is learning the Finnish language. His four children, aged between 3-12, have quickly picked up the language. Two of his children attend an international school where they have Finnish lessons.