Janne Lappalainen, Laboratory Manager, Finland

I work as a Laboratory Manager at the laboratory of the electricity network product unit. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical power engineering. My job description hasn’t changed since I started at Ensto in 2003, but my work tasks and responsibilities have changed and expanded.

I spend most of the day working with product development projects, in supervisor and development tasks. I try to support and help my team in their daily routines, so that they can concentrate on their own tasks. At the beginning, I found the role of a supervisor very challenging. I thought that it was difficult to take into account the individual characteristics and needs, but today I consider it an enriching challenge and a source of personal motivation. Excellent supervisor trainings and sparring have been very helpful.
We have a very good community spirit in the office, and we also meet outside the work for sports activities, etc.

I like it that I can influence my work tasks and develop things further. Global activities provide opportunities to see places and meet new people.  Then again, one good thing in a Finnish family-owned business is that all major decisions are made in Finland.