FOCUS AREA #1
Innovative and Developing People
The year 2020 was very exceptional for the personnel. A major change was seen in March, when approximately 70 percent of the employees started teleworking because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Face-to-face communication was largely replaced by virtual meetings. IIn addition to project meetings, staff events, coffee meetings and internal product demonstrations were held online. Taking care of employees´ well-being took different forms, and the importance of managerial work was emphasized.
Bittium switched to remote working in March 2020. This ensured that the company was able to provide its customers engaged in very critical industries with the products and services they needed, despite the exceptional circumstances. Owing to the nature of the company´s business, approximately 2530 percent of the employees cannot work from home. They include people working in production and laboratories as well as employees whose job requires working in security-classified areas. By assigning 70 percent of the employees to remote work, those remaining in the workplace were protected from being infected with the coronavirus.
Travel and visit bans were issued at an early stage. The company established an internal Covid-19 working group, and an information website for the personnel was launched in March. Remote work instructions were prepared for the staff. The production started working in shifts.
The Pulse survey, conducted monthly, is used as an employee feedback channel to make remote work easier and keep up the spirit. By sharing the results, the company made an effort to enhance the sense of community and share experiences during the exceptional circumstances and, where needed, address any issues that come up.