A treasure map for managers: the welfare application of a start-up company makes shy Estonians talk


This time on the blog, we are covering the conversation between Johanna Adojaan and Pille in the Estonian FoundME.io podcast.

According to Pille Parind-Nisula, a management expert and Growth and Sales Manager of Moticheck, the tool that measures and maps employee well-being, it is crucial for the success of a growing company to know the satisfaction of your team closely – in her opinion, employee experience should be monitored every day.

There are questions, regardless of the type of company and the field, that the manager is uncomfortable to ask or for which the manager may not find time, but which are in no way less important.

“Having the feeling that they are really involved and something depends on it, then employees will not get tired of giving their input – after all, it is their life,” confirmed Pille Parind-Nisula, Sales and Growth Manager of the startup Moticheck.

Asking many different questions in different fields helps the manager discover blind spots and additional opportunities and nuances that can make the company more successful and increase people’s well-being.

Moticheck’s growth and Sales Manager told how one surprising nuance that has emerged in the Estonian and Finnish markets is that people here in the Nordic countries are so modest that coming up with their proposal in front of the team at a meeting is often and if the employees have a possibility to do the same easily and unanimously, then people have a lot of ideas.

According to Parind-Nisula, the modern type of development dialogues must remain, and no best technology can replace a one-to-one meeting with the manager. However, the business and its sustainability depend on whether the employees are happy, willing, and want to be in the company, so a lot of attention should be directed to this. “Times have become more difficult and we have to take much more care of our people,” he asserted.

Also, we must not forget the leaders themselves. “As a leader, you should always put on an oxygen mask first, that’s where everything starts,” stressed Parind-Nisula.

Hear from the interview what mapping the working life means in general, how to stay within the limits of practicality when asking for feedback, who are their biggest competitors, and what are the management expert’s advice for a starting startup manager, as well as tips for an experienced manager.

Johanna Adojaan conducted the interview.

Feel free to contact Pille on LinkedIn, if you do not speak Estonian and are curious about what they are discussing there. Listen to the show in Estonian here.