Seija Korhonen is the Department Head of the Year

The title is awarded by the University of Helsinki staff association, HYHY.

Seija Korhonen The University of Helsinki staff association, HYHY, has selected Seija Korhonen, Director of Language Services, as the 2005 Department Head of the Year.

This is the seventh time that the title has been.

“A good manager ensures that his or her staff have the facilities to carry out their tasks as well as possible. The award belongs to everyone at the Language Services,” said Korhonen who was touched by the recognition.

HYHY described Korhonen’s management style as warm, modern and skilled management of competencies. “She is ready to give her all for the well-being of her staff, which motivates them to do their work with commitment and pride,” said Elisa Hyytiäinen, Chair of the staff association, who presented the award.

Hyytiäinen stressed that 2005 was a particularly challenging year for department heads because of the extra workload due to the new salary system.

The patron of the Department Head of the Year campaign, Chancellor Kari Raivio, said that the university is not the easiest environment for management.

“Academics don’t like to be bossed around. Managing academic staff has to be done in a manner that they can accept. Management is, however, paramount, and the best method is to lead the way by one’s own example,” said Raivio.

Text and photo: Simo Salmela
19.12.2005
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Translation: Valtasana Oy

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