The Finnish IT company Futurice has been selected as Europe’s Best Place to Work among small and medium-sized companies by the Great Place to Work Institute. Futurice also received a special commendation for its unusually open communications. “Transparency is simply the key to the success of our business: it creates a positive cycle of happy employees, happy customers and happy end users,” says Futurice CEO Tuomas Syrjänen.
According to Panu Luukka, CEO of Great Place to Work® Institute Finland, Futurice’s company culture based on transparency and caring is creating a whole new leadership model for working life in Europe. “It’s no surprise that Futurice is growing fast in many European countries, operates very profitably and that its employees see it as the best place to work in Europe,” he says.
This year, ten Finnish companies feature on the Great Place to Work® lists for Europe. Affecto Oyj is ranked ninth on the European list for multinational companies and is the first Finland-based multinational whose sister companies in Sweden, Denmark and Norway have made it on the list. “Affecto’s results show that the new Finnish leadership can also be a successful export product,” says Luukka.
Vision for working life
Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy is currently preparing a strategy with a vision to make working life in Finland the best in Europe by the year 2020. “The success of Finnish companies on the Great Place to Work® lists shows that we have a strong group of forerunner companies that are building a better working life,” says Panu Luukka.
“These Finnish companies are united by the belief that in today’s world leadership should be seen as a service profession and that a strong company culture is a central competitive factor in the fight for the best personnel and market share,” says Luukka. Over 250,000 employees from more than 1500 European organisations participated in this year’s Great Place to Work®study.
Source: Great Place to Work® Institute