We recently published a story on what makes Finnish IT people as weird and wonderful as they are. As a natural continuation, we’ve been musing on what happens to a foreigner who starts to work in the Finnish IT sector, or to a perfectly normal business or marketing professional who gets too closely involved. Read on and learn to watch out for the symptoms.
1. You find yourself competing over who can provide the most dramatic insider accounts on the fall of Nokia’s mobile phone business.
2. You see the futility in smiling for the photo on your company ID badge.
3. You learn to embrace the youthful naiveté of people in their 30s who never had data caps on their smartphones.
4. You come to accept that the country that invented the modern chat through IRC isn’t any better at work/social media balance than the rest of the world.
5. You take it in your stride that companies buy high end Genelec studio speakers for conference rooms as design items they rarely use…
6. …while also understanding the vow of absolute silence surrounding pikkujoulu Christmas parties.
7. You find yourself hoping for the day when someone invents more inclusive small talk than army stories.
8. You accept that people who don’t watch dubbed movies still lived with this word instead of Start.
9. You realize you’ll never quite know if people like or dislike your ideas – and become an expert at hiding your true thoughts, too.
Are you on red alert yet? If so, don’t panic. Finnish IT people are world famous for their genius, so you’re in great company. Have any anecdotes about your Finnish IT colleagues or have we overlooked a characteristic that’s as telling as a career history at Nokia? We look forward to reading your contributions in the comments below.