About Us

Howya is a wellbeing measurement company on a mission to help organizations track, understand and act on the wellbeing of their people.

When covid-19 hit the world with a bang in 2020, more and more organizations had to send employees to work from home and that has changed our ways of working for good. Increases in remote and hybrid working left many managers and HR people stuck in a guessing game: how is everyone doing and how could we best support them? Howya founders Alvar, Jan and Tiina were just a few of these people and they all had the same thought: how could we make it easy and transparent to know in real-time how people are doing and how to prevent potential challenges before they become bigger problems? Out of that idea, through a few years of ideation and multiple lines of coding Howya was born. 

For an individual, our solution helps you to track your own mood, know what drains and drives you and what to do and ask for in order to feel better.

For a team, our solution helps you to understand how your team members are doing and what could be done in order for you to be at your best – together.

For an entire organization, our solution helps you to track, understand and act on wellbeing on an individual, team and organizational level – no matter where your people are working at.

Who are behind Howya?

Alvar Lampinen

CEO & Co-founder

I am always up for a challenge! Whether it is developing a brand new solution, growing a business, or improving myself to the next level. There is no overnight success, but rather constant small steps are needed to make great things come true. When you put time and energy into the task at hand, anything is possible (or at least almost anything). 

When it comes to working with people, I see communication as one of the crucial parts in success. I am a firm believer that when great communication is combined with reflecting past events, performance can be improved and kept at high quality over and over again.

The same goes with improving individual, team, and organizational wellbeing, and thus Howya was founded. We have to listen our own wellbeing, reflect on it so we can understand what has created the situation at hand, and then act to improve it based on the results. Howya’s simple daily reflection has given me a reliable understanding of what drives and drains myself, and our organization right this moment.

Jan Gustafsson

CTO & Co-founder

Problem? No problem! My drive is solving the technological problems of the world one by one. The world is not ready, and technology offers the greatest tools to make the world better for everyone. The passion comes from reducing unnecessary work to make life easier, no matter if the topic is in web, robotics or hardware technology, there is always something to learn and improve. Not a surprise, as I’m an engineer.

What I want to do is to understand the problems of the users, clients, or customers, communicate the issues to my team and lead the team to its success.

During my career I have noticed that the actual wellbeing of employees is not really visible in most organizations. I think it’s crucial for organizational health that everyone is able to see the overall wellbeing and monitor it on a daily basis. Therefore, I decided to join the great journey of Howya and solve these challenges leveraging my skills in technology.

Tiina Tolonen

CMO/CHRO & Co-founder

My passion is to set individuals, teams and whole organizations up for sustainable success. For them to thrive, not just survive. Over the last 12 years I have worked in HR for organizations of varying sizes and industries. Time and time again I’ve come to the same conclusion; there is one thing at the core of success for every business. It is people and their wellbeing.

I am an internationally experienced HR and communications professional and coach. I have always taken holistic wellbeing very seriously in my personal life and my mission is to bring that thinking into organizations and to help people feel as good as they can in any given situation.

I want to put an end to the guessing game when it comes to how people are doing and what could be done to improve their wellbeing on an individual, team and organizational level. That is why I decided to join the Howya journey and be part of creating an application and a service that will help HR and team leaders know how their crew is doing. No matter where they are working from.

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