Work in Finland

The Finnish workplace

  • Punctuality and honesty are important values in Finnish working life.

Before you start working

  • It is easier for you to start working when you know what the employer expects from you. Familiarise yourself with your employer in advance for example by finding information online. Contact the employer
    before you start working and ask for instructions and advice.

  • Get to know the Finnish labour legislation.

Employment contract

  • It is a good idea to make the employment contract between the employee and the employer in writing. If you do not understand the contents of the contract, do not sign it.

At the workplace

  • At the workplace, everybody must behave appropriately and in a friendly manner towards each other. It is usual that Finnish people call both their workmates and superiors by the first name. In some duties, you have to talk to the customers more formally.

  • The dress code is fairly informal, unless the employer has not told you otherwise. If you are expected to wear a uniform at work, the employer usually provides it.

  • Finnish people appreciate punctuality. They carefully comply with the given working hours. If your working time starts at eight, you must be present and ready to work at the latest at eight.

  • Your working time may also be flexible. In that case, you must be careful with your working time records and stamps, as the payment of your salary is based on these. If you have flexible working hours, your employer will explain the time limits of your working hours to you.

  • Knowing Finnish will always be an advantage to an employee!

Equality and gender equality must be observed at the workplace

  • Women must be treated the same as men. Immigrants must be treated the same as Finnish people. You may not be discriminated against, and you may not discriminate against others.

  • However, giving the employees different tasks based on their education, training and professional skills is not discrimination. Language skills may be a requirement for doing certain tasks.

An employee’s duties

  • An employee has the duty to follow the orders given by the employer, complete the work carefully and comply with the working hours. An employee also has the duty to keep the employer’s professional secrets.

An employee’s rights

  • An employee has the right to a safe working environment.

  • The employee also has the right to the salary, working hours and annual leave specified in the collective agreement and the employment contract. Provisions on working hours are contained in the Working Hours Act and annual holidays in the Annual Holidays Act.

  • An employee is entitled to sick leave. An employee is entitled to pay while he or she is ill. The number of days for which you can receive pay when you are out of work because of an illness is determined by the law and the collective agreement. The employer’s duty to pay a wage during sick leave is limited. When the employer no longer has to pay you, you will receive a sickness allowance from Kela.

  • You can only receive sickness allowance from Kela if you have the right to social security in Finland. You may be entitled to a sickness allowance if you are aged from 16 to 67 and unable to work because of an illness. The sickness allowance compensates for loss of earnings during work incapacity that lasts less than a year. Read more here!

More information on working in the Jakobstad region here.

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