Cold and remote

The cold weather continues and it was more or less around -20°C in the capital region of Finland today. With a little wind, the temperature easily feels like -25°C. This photo above is actually from yesterday and I took it while we were heading for lunch.

Cold weather has become an accepted way of life in Finland and while it does occasionally get really cold like today and yesterday, it does not stop business or life at all. I had half a dozen calls today with people with different backgrounds and many were also working remotely, as was I. Then again, many people are sort of semi working remotely, due to the shorter week given the public holiday tomorrow.

There are many invisible aspects of our lives that we take for granted, but don’t realise how those change our behaviour. It became apparent for me today that where as in some places relatively drastic changes in weather grinds the society to a halt – it never really has been the case in Finland. We grind on, because it’s what we’ve always done.

These have always fascinated me, because many of these are so tightly knit to our culture that we don’t realise how we could benefit (or in some cases obviously be worse off) if we changed our behaviour. It is the same with any company culture – there are a lot of invisible things that are done, because that’s how things are done.

One thing that is clear though – I do spend a lot of time commuting each week and it does feel like a holiday to work a day remotely, but still be reachable and have modern technology and services do the magic.