Swiss Property AS was awarded the honorary title “future mover and shaker”. The prize of a jury of the CV Keskus employment agency for its recruitment campaign. “Just as important as work experience and competence is a good match between the values and ethos of the employee and the employer,” says Annika Lootus, head of human resources at the company, about the award.
Swiss Property’s message to jobseekers is clear: the best employer is looking for the best employees. “We didn’t just want to write a dry text for the job advertisement. We had the idea to create the recruitment with pictures of our satisfied employees and the vision of the company owner. It cannot be denied that it was difficult to overcome the reluctance in Estonia to participate in advertising, but the campaign went well. The fact that we were mentioned at the “Dream Employers” conference really moved our employees and company owners”.
Lootus adds that, despite the difficulties in finding specific engineers and architects in Estonia, the campaign enabled us to fill the vacancies quickly. “Probably specialists have gotten used to working in a preferred environment, but we were able to offer a tempting opportunity to do something special. The fact that Estonians place their trust in the design and production of a Swiss company is an honour for our whole country”.
Lootus says that nobody was poached. Everyone has found their way to Swiss Property themselves. She adds that the mobility of employers on the labour market is good – this is how companies increase their efforts and try to become better. “A company can only develop together with its employees. Our company owners consider it important to bring knowledge into the company through teachers, books and training. Fifteen percent of the average salary is earmarked for training costs. In three years, this is about half the annual salary of an employee. Simple things can make an employee’s life happier and more enjoyable, and thanks to that they have a higher appreciation for their job. Last year we organised a Christmas party for the employees’ children to show the families where their mother or father works every day. Santa Claus, of course, also came and fulfilled some of the children’s wish lists (up to a value of 20 euros),” says Lootus. “Together with the employees, a charitable initiative called ‘The Gift Tree’ was implemented. This year, Christmas became particularly beautiful for 45 children in orphanages in Õisu, Koeru and Tudulinna. Each employee could go to the tree and take a card with a child’s name and age and then make a gift with the help of his or her family”.
Swiss Property AS was founded in 2013 and deals with sophisticated architectural and interior design for residential properties. The company starts producing cross laminated timber houses in Estonia, 100% of which are exported to Switzerland. Over the next five years, Swiss Property AS will invest CHF 25 billion in the Estonian economy.