Outwardly, FINN is a Norwegian company and brand, and this will not change (but we figured to write this specific article in English due to the subject). We still speak Norwegian when we can, and we want our employees to manage Norwegian to a certain extend. But as the labor market changes, our population of employees changes as well, and no one should feel excluded in their workplace due to their language. In addition, FINN is part of Schibsted Nordic Marketplaces that includes Schibsted’s marketplaces in the Nordic, and we need to set the frames and facilitate to be able to cooperate in the best possible way.
Norwegians are generally considered to be above average when it comes to English. But that does not mean that such a change is perceived as unproblematic or non-challenging for everyone. We wanted to make the change as smooth as possible, and in addition to offering English courses to everyone, we invited all employees to an inspirational day in March, where the goal was to remove potential barriers connected to the change.
In real FINN-spirit we wanted to arrange a half-day filled with engagement and fun stuff, and we invited everyone to a digital event which we chose to call “FINNglish day”.
We kicked off the day with some easy-peasy cooking. We wanted to support our beloved and highly missed canteen Dugurd, and we engaged their chef to prepare a good old American burger menu and cooking class.