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Finns support a collaborative and participative management style.
Low hierarchy and little, if any, antagonism between grass root level and management.
Finns like to know exactly the perimeters of their responsibilities and will expect to be allowed to take the decisions which fall naturally within those perimeters.</li></ul>www.worldbusinessculture.com<br />
Meetings can seem strange affairs to people not familiar with Finland or the Finns - long but quiet.
Meetings are well-structured, follow a pre-set agenda and are orderly with one person speaking at a time - often seeking permission to speak through the Chair.
People will be well prepared, as you are not expected to speak unless you have something concrete to contribute.
Finns tend less towards consensus than their Nordic cousins, expecting individuals to take responsibility </li></ul>www.worldbusinessculture.com<br />
Finnishwork life features…<br /><ul><li>Building relationships with co-workers:
Relationship building often takes place outside the office: in a restaurant or the sauna. Never turn down an invitation to use the sauna, as it is an entrenched part of the Finnish culture and an important part of relationship building. There will be minimal, if any, small talk.
Finnish idea of team-working would tend to be that of a group of capable individuals being given the opportunity to complete well-defined tasks which, when put together, will enable the team to reach its goals.
Employees have been very loyal to employers with little job-hopping taking place (specially in smaller towns/villages).
The Finnish working culture is based on equality.
Women have historically played a major role in business life and women are found in the most senior positions in large Finnish companies.
Diligence, individuality and initiative are highly valued, together with strict observance of agreements and agreed schedules.</li></ul>www.worldbusinessculture.com<br />
Exercise5.1Work Culture Star<br />The exercise is found on SlideShare;<br />http://www.slideshare.net/VALOA/documents<br />(C&C trainingmaterial)<br />
Finnishwork life - Wages& Conditions of Employment<br />Working Hours <br />Regular working hours are usually at most 8 daily hours and 40 weekly hours. In a two-week period the working hours are not more than 80 hours and in a three-week period 120 hours<br />Wages<br />There is no universal minimum wage in Finland. The collective agreement in most employment branches determines the pay and other minimum employment terms. It is also possible to agree on benefits such as food and residence in addition to the wage.<br />Pay during illness /Sick pay<br />According to the law, an employee who is unable to work due to an illness or an accident is entitled to paid sick leave. <br />After working for the same employer for at least a month, employees have the right to receive sick-leave pay if they are unable to work during to illness or injury. To be entitled to sick-leave pay the working inability must be determined in a way satisfactory to the employer (for ex. a doctors certificate)<br />Annualholidays<br />An employee has a right to receive pay also for the time he/she is on annual holiday. Normally holiday leave accumulates 2 days (when employment has lasted less than 1 year) or 2½ days for each holiday credit month. Normal wages are paid for the time an employee is on holiday. <br />Check: http://www.tyosuojelu.fi/fi/holidays<br />Industrial safety district<br />http://www.tyosuojelu.fi/fi/workingtime provides information on the definition of working time, flexible hours, shift-work, overtime, time-keeping and more.<br />http://www.tyosuojelu.fi/fi/workingfinland/<br />http://www.expat-finland.com/employment/index.html<br />
Finnishwork life – Trade Unions<br /><ul><li>The main purpose of a trade union is to safeguard the benefits and rights of its members
Income development (salaries and transfer of income)
Possibility to join the trade union’s unemployment fund (earnings-related daily unemployment allowance )
Trade union members pay a membership fee to the union
It is possible to join the union already when you are studying!</li></ul>http://www.infopankki.fi/en-GB/Trade_Unions/<br />
Trade Unions<br /><ul><li>SAK - The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions http://www.sak.fi/english/whatsnew.jsp?location1=1&sl2=1&lang=en
Akava - The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland http://www.akava.fi/en/
SEFE - The Finnish Association of Business School Graduates http://www.sefe.fi/portal/en/
TEK - Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland http://www.tek.fi/index.php?id=11
Akava Special Branches http://www.akavanerityisalat.fi/en/
OAJ - Trade Union of Education in Finland http://www.oaj.fi/portal/page?_pageid=515,452376&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Find your union (in Finnish only) at http://jarjestaydy.fi/www/fi/loyda_liittosi/</li></li></ul><li>Whatdoemployersexpectfromgraduates?<br />Expertise<br /><ul><li>Fieldspecifictheoreticalknowledge (concepts, theories, knowledge)