janni hussi

How is your professional well-being, Janni Hussi?

Janni Hussi, 30, has always had many irons in the fire, and that is also the case today. She is a host in morning radio, TV shows and various events, an actress in the Syke TV series, a founder of a new massage business, and an investor. On top of everything, she is one of Finland’s biggest influencers, with over 276,000 Instagram followers. YTK Association got hold of Hussi to find out how this bundle of energy was doing at the beginning of the new year.

What does professional well-being mean?

It means having energy and the ability to cope with your job. I think there’s no point in separating physical and mental well-being. Physical problems, pains, and aches always affect the mind and vice versa. If you are stressed out or feeling low, your body doesn’t usually work that well either.

How is your professional well-being?

It varies. My jobs are usually project-based, so there are times when I’m clearly more overworked. When projects pile up, they tend to chip away at my free time, which in my case leads to a significant reduction in exercise, among other things. Fortunately, there are also easier times. During the Christmas holidays, I took a couple of weeks off.

What's your biggest challenge?

Balancing my workload. I’m naturally energetic and have a tendency to pile up stuff. After a holiday, I’m full of energy and tend to say yes to a lot of projects. I am like, “Of course I will be able to do all this in May”, but when May comes, I wonder how on earth I have managed to overload my schedule again.

“You have to set your limits yourself, this hectic modern world will not set them for you.”

What things are going well for you?

I have always been physically active, which is a good thing. There have been times when I have gone over the top with it, but now I have found a good balance to support my well-being at work. Today I understand that I need to take it easy with exercise if I have a lot of work to do. Instead of pushing myself to the max at the gym, I will go for a walk in nature, for example. I have learned that there is no point in working out when you are overstressed: the workout will not be effective and I also tend to get sick easily. It’s good to remember that no one gets out of shape in one week.

How do you keep your mind healthy?

Hobbies are important. I found a great new hobby last summer when I took up enduro. When you are riding your bike in the woods, you can’t think about anything else. It’s the best way to reboot your brain. As a quick fix, I will take my dog Harri out for a walk without taking my phone with me. I try to set limits on my phone use: whether or not I will answer business calls after 6 p.m. or read my emails, etc. Sometimes I’m good at following my rules, sometimes not. You have to set your limits yourself, this hectic modern world will not set them for you.

What are the biggest realisations you have had about improving your professional well-being?

I don’t know if it’s an age-related thing, but my priorities are different these days. I used to do a lot of things that I thought I should do. Now I prioritise things I want to do.

In the past, I used to be hard on myself. I used to think that I should use my time more wisely than by lying on the couch. I have learned that you need to take a moment to unwind every day.

“I have learned that you need to take a moment to unwind every day.”

What is an important lifeline to you in your everyday work life?

After my morning radio broadcast, I take 5 to 10 minutes for myself. I’ll have a cup of coffee and sit by myself in silence. It’s strange how spending just a few minutes without your phone and other people is good for you.

How do you separate your work from your free time?

I have a manager who acts as a go-between to help me with this. I’m a flexible person so I would slip more easily. I like being flexible when I can, but it has started to annoy me when people don’t respect your free time. If I say that I’m on holiday, people may still ask, “Could you do it anyway?” A simple no should be enough. You shouldn’t have to justify taking time off.

What wider societal concerns do you see in workplace well-being?

The fact is that our society is getting more and more passive. That’s why it’s great that many employers encourage their employees to exercise and offer them different options.

The things I would like people to pay more attention to is taking care of work stuff in free time and sending work emails outside working hours. People should be allowed to rest and unwind. This would also help them become more energetic and efficient at work.

How will you participate in YTK Association’s workplace well-being promotion campaign #työelämäkuntoon2022? What new habit would give you more energy to cope with your job this year?

I will try to put my phone on the “Do not disturb” mode more often. Smartphones provide too much stimulus and stuff that will take your mind to work.

JANNI’S TIPS

  1. Maintain a balance.
    When work gets busy, invest in rest and gentle exercise. Don’t work out too hard to avoid overstressing your body.
  2. Respect the free time of yourself and others.
    Work stuff and emails can usually wait until the next work day. Just seeing a work message will take your mind to work and interfere with your relaxation.
  3. Be easy on yourself.
    You don’t have to be efficient 24/7. Resting and lounging around are also part of life. You need to take a moment to decompress every day.

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