It was October2011 Verena Rentrop and also Elsie Parumog, 2 Nokia personnel posted on contrary sides of the globe, were having a regular job conversation regarding the firm’s IT refines when something a lot more pushing showed up.
With one more wave of reorganizing underway, which would certainly see Nokia gave up 10s of countless staff members over the following couple of years, discussions like these and also the close however remote connection that both had actually developed may quickly concern an end.
Just what they and also their fellow Nokians required was a method to remain in touch. Therefore, with little difficulty or excitement, Rentrop and also Parumog established the ‘Beyond Nokia’ Facebook team.
Quick onward a little over 5 years, and also by November 10 th 2016 the shut team, to which Rentrop had actually remained to veterinarian brand-new applications, had actually gotten to a decent however plain 952 participants.
” In the mid-day I uploaded a message motivating everybody to welcome their previous Nokia coworkers to the team, really hoping that we would certainly get to 1,000participants by the end of year,” she remembers.
The halls of any type of Nokia home reverberated, for some years, with power and also idea that we might accomplish anything
The adhering to day the team had actually increased in dimension, which Rentrop states was a “massive shock and also absolutely unforeseen”. And after that one more 7 days later on it passed 19,000participants, and also is presently including over 1,000brand-new participants daily.
“[That’s]a wonderful number if you contrast it to staff member numbers of Nokia. Quickly it will certainly be close to the quantity of individuals terminated throughout the last 2 years,” states Rentrop.
Yet a lot more impressive compared to exactly how quickly the ‘Beyond Nokia’ Facebook team has actually expanded in current weeks( and also regardless of laying fairly inactive for 5 years) is the fondness that ex-Nokians still have for the firm. And also, obviously, for each and every various other.
” It’s a romance,” states Sotiris Makrygiannis, that was formerly supervisor of applications and also website supervisor of Nokia’s Helsinki R&D facility. “I have actually never ever seen such a big team of individuals loving a firm. It’s impressive. All these 10s of countless individuals shed their tasks and also rather than despising the firm, really appreciating the firm”.
To comprehend why, Rentrop factors me to Nokia’s old firm motto: Attaching Individuals. “It was not simply an advertising expression,” she states, “for lots of participants Nokia came to be a family members”. That belief is resembled in the numerous messages and also pictures presently being uploaded to the team every hr.
” It was a 120,000individual firm, yet really felt a whole lot smaller sized and also I cannot place my finger on why that was,” states among the team’s participants.
” The halls of any type of Nokia home reverberated, for some years, with power and also idea that we might accomplish anything. You would certainly stroll to a various flooring and also a person was preparing something purposeful, and also you might see it in their faces. I liked that,” includes one more.
Unsurprisingly, considered that Nokia was as soon as a respected equipment manufacturer, gadget fond memories is additionally a reoccuring motif. Images of stopped and also treasured Nokia phones are being uploaded in addition to pictures of lots of versions and also models that never ever made it to market.
This is just towered over by the various other sorts of Nokia souvenirs being shared. From pens utilized by numerous ex-employees to authorize their initial Nokia agreements, firm boodle embellished with occasionally undecipherable advertising and marketing lingo, to neon indications restored from Nokia manufacturing facilities considering that retired.
Delicious chocolate is one more subject of conversation. European nations like Switzerland and also Belgium might be best-known for their chocolate-making capacities however Nokia’s house nation could additionally hold its very own.
Discusses Rentrop: “Circumnavigating the globe was for some their main task, for others treasured on hardly ever events. It appears one point most journeys shared was Fazer delicious chocolate from Finland. It was one of the most needed traveling present amongst coworkers and also has actually considering that developed into one of the most needed preference for individuals that are past Nokia”.
The very best Nokia item is currently 12 years of ages, our caring little girl
The team’s material is additionally cluttered with occasionally mysterious recommendations to numerous inside jokes throughout the years. Showing Nokia’s as soon as international visibility, with its numerous workplaces spread out throughout the globe, teleconference come in for certain taunting and also love.
” It appears like a significant variety of functioning hrs were invested in phone seminars,” states Rentrop. “Pleasant memories of ‘mute vs un-mute’, pet dogs barking, bathroom gos to, exclusive conversations on an open line, identical conversations with conference individuals, and also that could fail to remember the lots of times ‘James Bond’ signed up with regular telephone calls”.
Yet a romance would not be total without a minimum of one marital relationship. And also at Nokia there were lots of.
Several tales are being shared of Nokia staff members that went across boundaries and also located love. From Denmark to Brazil, the United States to Hungary, Finland to China, and also lots of various other components of the globe, to link keeping that one unique Nokian for the remainder of their lives.
Those connections have actually additionally brought to life a brand-new generation of the Nokia family members– fairly essentially. “The very best Nokia ‘item’ is currently 12 years of ages, our caring little girl,” composes a participant of the team.
On the other hand, Beyond Nokia ( and also a spin-off website called ‘Nokia Individuals’) continues its objective to link ex-Nokians and also the wider Nokia family members. Finally check, the team currently stands at 21,000participants. And also checking.