Member Spotlight: The Ahola Corporation

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Member Spotlight by Aimee Switzer, Ahola HR Solutions | Payroll

Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services.
Ahola delivers personalized human resources solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in Ohio, and throughout the country. We offer a full range of payroll and HR services to help employers manage their workforce from hire to retire. When you work with Ahola, you receive a personalized experience –it’s like having your ace employee always by your side. You’ve placed your trust in us, and in return, we help keep your company safe and compliant so you can focus on growing your business.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values.
We are here to empower organizations to succeed by allowing them to focus on what they do best, because we take care of their payroll and human resources needs with the utmost accuracy, expertise, and caring.

Our heritage and drive for enduring success is shared by our clients who will never settle for just being successful –they also share in our vision of creating a legacy that provides for the many employees who are part of what they have created.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?
Networking, making my community a better place.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?
We are constantly looking for ways to help our clients move forward, either with emerging technology solutions, compliance news or HR trending topics. Our executive team is made up of industry leaders, and experts who lead us to emerging trends and news.

What is your company culture like?
We follow 5 core values, that reflect our culture.

Sisu: We embody the Finnish mindset of Sisu. Courage. Tenacity. Resilience. At any point, an unknown event may occur or an unexpected challenge arises that we may not think we’re prepared for. When these things occur, we find a way to draw on our inner strength to persevere.

Like a family: Everyone is part of the family. We are a caring and fun bunch! We stick together and have each other’s back.

Looking ahead: How might we? What’s a better way? We can solve this! This is how we think. Always thinking about how we can do things better and not settling for doing something a certain way because that’s how it’s been done in the past.

Professional, yet friendly and warm: We are always buttoned-up, but we let our soft-side show. Our type of work requires that we keep that professional composure while allowing our individual personalities to shine through.

Committed to quality: We live in a world where we can do something right 1,000 times, but our clients will remember that one time something went wrong. We all make mistakes at times, but it’s our attention to detail, and our commitment to fix things when they don’t go right –quickly –that makes the difference.

What does it take to be a successful employee at your company?
Our work is serious, but we don’t always take ourselves too seriously. We’re a bunch of diverse people that bring out our true authentic selves to work. We share in each other’s accomplishments and we are there for each other when times get tough. Our ability to have fun with each other also shows how we care for each other. This attitude spills over to when we work with our clients. They can sense our positive energy and it’s one more reason they like working with us.

What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?
Columbus is a growing city. There are many new businesses as well as companies who have been in business for a very long time.

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