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TÜissä Suomessa - Finnish culture of work - Starting point is to observe and analyze your work environment. Remember to stay open-minded. - Use Finnish language as often as you can in casual situations even when working language remains English. - Show your willingness to understand working culture and stay patient as beginnings normally aren’t easy. - Cultural differences should not be a basis for personal judgments. It is a ground for common respect and deeper cooperation. - Follow the rules given to you by your supervisors.

Metacommunication means communicating about communication situations: If you face communicational difficulties and you think that cultural differences may lie underneath it, you should try to express it aloud: These are the occasions where cultural values and norms may confront and misunderstandings often happen. Once you have acknowledged them and how to face the situations in a calm, analytical and cooperative way, you are already quite far in becoming an interculturally competent person.

Equality Finnish way of working is based on general rule of equality on many different levels. Thus, there is no gender differentiation as female workers very often perform the same duties as their male colleagues. Thanks to social benefits and well-developed system of day care, there are as many women as men working. Also, in working life, everyone calls each other by their first name regardless of their post and position in the work hierarchy. Decision making process is based on principle of equality and common good. Finnish people prefer to work out the issues in work groups. Workshop is very popular tool in Finnish work life. Thus, stay open for cooperation with your colleagues. Teamwork is the perfect way to share your ideas and experience on equal foot with your co-workers.

Individual initiative and flexibility Qualities which are appreciated in the Finnish working environment are diligence, individuality and independent initiatives. When undertaking certain task, do not hesitate to ask for help but firstly try to solve it by yourself if you know that you can manage. Be self-confident and ready to take-up specific actions right away if needed. Also, new ideas of improvement to your work routine are welcomed. If you feel like you need some changes to make your work more effective, do not hesitate to share your point of view with your supervisors. Finns are open to development ideas.

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