What does lontti culture mean to Johanna?

”For me, lontti culture means friends, helping and taking care of each other and flexibility. I have a strong feeling that I have made friends here for a lifetime. I feel like I get support both at and outside of work. It’s all just one life for me and I don’t think you need to keep work and free time totally apart. If we wouldn’t have any interaction with our colleagues outside of work, there would be very little room for development and innovation. A good example of this is CCEA’s After Work culture that was born outside of working hours!

Lonttis are part of my everyday life in many ways; e.g. a colleague who lives in my neighbourhood watered my plants during my vacation trip. I also go for walks or have other hobbies with my colleagues on a regular basis. When I had an accident, our CEO brought me flowers to the hospital and fellow lonttis went to the grocery store for me – everyone was so lovely! During my sick leave a backup for my work wasn’t the only concern, but people asked me about my condition out of genuine care. So, I do feel that we are truly cared after.

But it’s not only the people who guarantee a good culture where everyone feels good. Many other things need to be in place as well – like well-being, support in your daily work, compensation and new challenges in client projects. Extensive work benefits are always nice, and they do matter, but if everything else were off and the atmosphere bad, benefits wouldn’t be enough to motivate people. All workplaces have their flaws, but if you appreciate friendship and the support of others, CCEA is a good place for you.

I appreciate that we share common goals at CCEA, and we are in this business to succeed together. We don’t fight or compete over projects. I believe that individual competition could easily have a negative impact on culture. On the contrary, we celebrate success together and encourage each other to reach the goals.

Workplace culture is a sensitive thing and it doesn’t take many people to change the general mood or the way things are being done. I’ve been in companies where employees don’t even say hello to each other, so I do understand the importance of taking care of the culture. I think it’s wonderful that lonttis show little supportive gestures for one another – we ask, “how are you?”, “what’s going on?” and support each other.

Everyone experiences culture differently. Luckily you can find the best parts of the lontti culture, no matter what life situation you are in. Good thing about us is that lonttis are self-determined and aren’t afraid to ask. No-one will give you ready-made instructions on what to do and when – everyone needs to figure out a suitable way to work for themselves. Nothing is perfect and there’s always room for improvement, but for me, this is the best workplace culture I’ve ever worked in.”

Johanna Tynkkynen