There is hardly any person or job in Finland that has not been affected by corona. Although our everyday lives have changed radically from what we are used to, we have to make things work. Like others, Teknoware has also been rocked by corona, but production continues on a strong footing, almost the same as before, and lighting and electronics leave from Lahti every day to be shipped all over the world. Nearly half of our approximately 300 employees in Lahti are women and many of them are mothers. We interviewed three of them to find out what their work and everyday life has been like during the exceptional conditions.
Although work and everyday lives have gone well in the families of these three mothers, there have also been some hardships. Children's hobbies as well as visits to friends and loved ones have been ruled out. We have started to miss our parents and grandparents a lot, and explaining the situation to small children has proved difficult: they can’t comprehend what’s happening and how serious this is. Kuusanmaa and Tuhkio are grateful to the employer for the opportunity to work remotely, but good remote connections can’t make up for real-life connections. ”I miss my colleagues and the coffee breaks”, Tuhkio says. Social distancing has also affected the school-age children. Friends and the school environment no longer seem like this mandatory obligation, and there have been some signs of revolt. There have also been some particularly racking situations in the recent months: “We haven’t been able to see my old grandmother who has been hospitalized. The uncertainty, sadness and worry we feel is huge”, Jukakoski says sadly.
When you have kids, life is never monotonously grey. Surprising and funny situations liven up everyday life on a daily basis. Tuhkio describes a scene that she experienced recently during an online meeting: “I thought I heard the door of the office being opened and someone entering the room. Suddenly I saw my five-year-old son standing next to me, fully dressed up as Darth Vader, with a light sword in his hand. I had some explaining to do in the online meeting after suddenly bursting into laughter.” During an online meeting, Kuusanmaa has received a drawing on her desk with a brown “pile emoji” with texts that suited the situation. Jukakoski, on the other hand, tells us about making some extra phone purchases after her 11-year-old tested the waterproofness of her own mobile phone in the “palju” hot tub, with bad success.
Everything is fine
The mothers we interviewed tell us that the everyday life during corona has not changed the basics of life or motherhood. “This has been different, for sure. But on the other hand I have been able to spend more time with the kids”, Jukakoski sums up the last months. The basic things in life, such as our health and loved ones, may have become even more important to us. “Now, if not before, we are really learning to appreciate what we have. We are doing just fine, really, it’s just all very strange. We are in good health and our work at Teknoware will not end”, Kuusanmaa sums up the thoughts of all three women.