Restaurants closed their doors one after the other. The exceptional conditions caused by the coronavirus led to the closure not only of private restaurants but also of some ISS restaurant services. Like many other restaurant workers around the world, Jari Kallioinen, who worked as a chef, was suddenly out of work.
But before the emergency could affect his livelihood, ISS called with an offer. How would he like temporary work as a cleaner in a food industry power plant? Jari was used to cleaning workspaces, but instead of countertops in the kitchen, he would clean broad surfaces and large floor areas in the power plant halls.
“ISS offered me replacement work as a cleaner. I thought right away that I'm ready to try something new. At the same time, my commute was significantly reduced, as the new job is only three kilometres from my home,” Jari says.
Cleanliness is half the battle
Jari, who has done kitchen work of various kinds since 1984, started his career at ISS in 2005, when friends recommended the company to him. He’s worked as a chef and head chef, always enjoying the cooking itself and the social element of the job.
“I have been very happy with ISS. It’s a big company and offers opportunities to move from one place to another. Not only from kitchen to kitchen, but also between positions. It offers many career opportunities.”
The transition from cooking to cleaning resulted from the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus and was surprisingly easy.
“I’ve always appreciated cleaning, because hygiene is half the battle in cooking, and you must always clean up after yourself as a cook.”