Ridango recently received the Remote Work Champion label/accreditation that is awarded by the Smart Work Association. In 2020, 44 companies received this award for the first time, Ridango being one of them. This year marks the 4th occasion when the Smart Work Association has recognized Estonian companies, who have built company culture that enables its people to practice effective remote working. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic has proved, it is possible for many companies to move a majority of activities online and continue operating in a way that can be considered “business as usual”. Years ago, the possibility to work remotely was served up only as an extra perk and offered as a benefit, but nowadays, it should be the new standard, a necessity not a bonus feature.  

We talked to our acting HR Manager, Susanna Rõigas, about the Remote Work Champion label, how to build a great company culture and working environment.  

Susanna Rõigas, acting HR Manager of Ridango
Susanna Rõigas, acting HR Manager of Ridango

First of allgreat work on receiving the Remote Work Champion label! What does it mean for you as a recruiter, that Ridango has been recognized as one of the Remote Work Champions? Does it provide you better options, when recruiting top talent? 

Thank you! I think in today’s world and of course, with recent events, it is very important to provide comfort and safety to work remotely. We believe, that employees should be able to work, where they feel most productive, comfortable, and creative and I believe the Remote Work Champion label supports this way of thinking.  

“We believe, that employees should be able to work, where they feel most productive, comfortable, and creative.”

I’d say that providing the option to work remotely, especially within IT companies is and should be considered commonplace by now, I would even go so far to say, that it’s not an advantage in recruitment, but rather something, that shows that we care about an individual’s personal preferences and understand that people work and perform differently.    

Talking about recruiting top talent, what are the top skills that you’re looking for in the employee, when hiring a potential candidate? 

That’s a tough one, because it differs within each position. But regarding soft-skills I’d say what is important to us, is that the people joining us are genuinely nice people, who value team-work and can see the big picture, not just limited to their own horizon.

We value people who are ambitious, diligent and keen to improve, even if they are already masters of their specialty. Since the world of technology is constantly and rapidly evolving, it’s important to be prepared for the changes. It may seem like a lot to expect, but I feel in Ridango there are so many supportive people, that these things have almost become second nature here.   

“We value people who are ambitious, diligent and keen to improve, even if they are already masters of their specialty.”

According to research by Deloitte94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct corporate culture is important to a business’s success. In your opinion, what is the most important part of a successful corporate culture?  

In my opinion, a successful corporate culture has transparency and people that are driven by self-motivation, because to succeed you have to believe in the work you are doing and the outcome. Company culture is also about communicating the goals and vision to employees, in such a way that makes them feel like they’re part of a unified team. 

Company culture is also about communicating the goals and vision to employees

Many Human Resource specialists agree, that a strong company culture is one of the best ways to attract new employee talent. Here’s your chance to pitch Ridango and our company culture. Tell all the potential employee candidates out there, what makes Ridango’s company culture so good?   

We actually have a rather informal culture at Ridango, but what can be sensed here, is that people are very driven on delivering as a team and as individuals. People are very supportive, plus they have a good sense of humor. You have the freedom to choose your own approach in solving tasks and setting your own goals. All in all, our environment is very friendly, flexible and it makes us all feel united

“You have the freedom to choose your own approach in solving tasks and setting your own goals.”

Besides the job itself, the working environment is a significant contributor to how employees feel about the work. The working environment can be anything that forms the employees’ involvement with the work itself, such as the relationship with colleagues, managers, organizational culture, etc. In your own opinion, what are some essential characteristics of a positive working environment? 

I would say the working environment ultimately has more to do with people than anything else. When you have good relationships with the people you work with, then passing by the hall and having fun chats can make your day and give you a nice boost to work on. 

There have been some jobs in my past, where the physical environment hasn’t been remarkable, but what I still remember is how much fun we had, because we as a collective made the atmosphere great and succeeded in our jobs regardless.  

At Ridango we are fortunate to have both, a super cozy office space and great people. I am always glad to come to work and during the Covid-19 emergency situation, I genuinely missed the regular office day life.  

“I would say the working environment ultimately has more to do with people than anything else.”

PS! Susanna is currently hiring 😉. Hop on our “Join Ridango” page and take a look at our vacant positions. https://ridango.com/join-us/