15 105 km away from Kemppi’s Headquarters: How does Mark experience the company’s culture from the other side of the world?
Imagine you are about to join a company whose headquarters is located on
the other side of the world from where you live in.
You’ve met a bunch of people from the company already during the
recruitment process and experienced their warm and friendly approach. And you
immediately felt at ease!
Still, you wonder what your daily life at the company would feel like
experienced from the other side of the globe – could you sense the same warm
culture and the family-owned nature of this Finnish company in Australia as
This is what our Logistics Manager Mark Shaw wondered before joining
Kemppi Australia seven months ago.
And to his delight, Mark soon discovered that the warm impression he got of
the company culture was also true in his new place of work, despite the time
difference and distance of 15,105 kilometres to HQ.
How does Mark experience Kemppi’s work culture from the other side of the
Having time to settle in during the first weeks
As Logistics Manager, Mark and his team of three are responsible for the
supply chain management of Kemppi welding machines in Australia and New Zealand
– from the moment a customer places an order, to receiving their delivery from
Kemppi in Finland.
Mark was prepared to roll up his sleeves from day one, since in previous
positions he had onboarding experiences where he was thrown straight into the
However, this time the approach to welcoming him as a new team member was
quite the opposite, and he got to experience Kemppi’s warm work culture right
from the beginning. Mark was given time to settle in – for example, for
the first few weeks he spent every afternoon onboarding via Skype with one of
his Finnish colleagues.
According to Mark, there was no rush to deliver results from day one. And
that was something unique for him.
“Coming from outside the welding industry, there was great support from the
people around me. I was given a lot of information, training, and time. That
was quite the opposite of the onboarding processes I had experienced before”,
How does Kemppi’s people-centred environment enable Mark to do his best work?
As we know, everyone has things outside of work, too – perhaps a hobby, an
addictive Netflix series or quality time with their family.
Having two small children, the warm and family friendly nature of the
company culture was one of the key factors that caught Mark’s attention in the
first place when considering Kemppi as a workplace. And it has been the driving
force ever since he joined the company.
“I’m not locked up in my chair from nine to five and that really helps me
on a personal level as a father. For example, I’m able to be available for my
children at certain times of the day”, Mark says.
The flexibility and people-centred approach also motivates Mark to put his
best foot forward at work.
“I think the family-owned nature and the company culture are the key
pillars that explain why everyone feels they own a part of Kemppi – I do, too.
That drives me to strive here”, Mark says.
Even though Kemppi is a R&D forerunner in the welding industry and strives
for the best results, there is always room for informal conversation with
colleagues – whether they are in a local subsidiary or in Finland.
“In the beginning of each meeting, we set time aside unofficially to go
through how everyone is doing and have a conversation about life. I feel I’m
treated like a family member here and I’m happy to see that little things are
considered even in as big a company as Kemppi”, he continues.
Surrounded by helpful “family”, Mark doesn’t need to worry about feeling left alone
According to Mark, there hasn’t been a situation where he has felt left
alone at Kemppi.
On the contrary, he feels supported and senses that everyone wants him to
be able to do his best work – no matter which country he reaches out to, or the
position of the people he needs help from.
“In the local team, help will always be given at Kemppi to those who ask
for it and the same applies when I reach out to my colleagues and managers in any
of the 16 countries we are operating in – the same supportive company culture
exists. I feel like I’m not only a part of a local family but a global culture
here, and that’s really unique for me”, Mark says.
No matter where or who I reach out to, the same supportive mentality exists.
Even though there is a significant time difference between Australia and
Finland, Mark knows he has the support of his Finnish colleagues.
“My Finnish colleagues are always checking in and I know the team is there
whenever I need them – despite the time difference”, Mark says.
“We have weekly calls with my colleagues, where I get a lot of information about what is happening around
the logistics team in Finland. They keep me
frequently updated about the results of our performance targets and our local
and global initiatives to improve them”, Mark explains.
“Working in a pioneer company like Kemppi, there is always something new to
learn. People here are happy to spend an extra five minutes to give me a
helping hand and guidance, and as a newbie in the company and in the industry I
really appreciate that”, he summarises.
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