Established in 2007, Smartwork association (NGO) stands for smart and contemporary work practices. The Smartwork Association’s mission is to promote smart work, incl. remote work in Estonia to enable people to work in a form and place suitable for them. Through different activities we contribute to enhancing Estonia’s job market’s flexibility and adaptability to meet better with the demands coming from the external environment (e.g. globalization, development of technologies and ICT, changes in employee expectations, increased competition for talent, etc.). At Smartwork, we value:

  • Smart working practices in general, where the emphasis is on the work outcome, not the time and place where work has been accomplished;
  • Employee autonomy (including flexibility in choosing how, when and where work will be accomplished) 
  • Role, value & competence based management practices;
  • Maximizing the potential and benefits of the development of ICT;

Our main activities include:

  • Collecting best practices from different organizations around the world and sharing it with our local organizations;
  • Doing research in collaboration with Universities to map the current state in Estonian organizations regards using smart working practices; and the current and future needs regards employee competencies; 
  • Development of competencies of current and future managers and employees;
  • Running and participating in different international and local projects funded by EU, local government  and/or private organizations.

Smartwork NGO is run on daily basis by:

Ave Laas: Ave is the founder of the association and member of the management board at Smartwork NGO. Ave`s main goal in the association has been to increase the balance between family and work of employees within Estonian organizations. During her career at Smartwork NGO,  she has consulted several public and private organizations regards smart working practices, co-authored books, run bigger events and campaigns to enhance the awareness of smart working practices and collaborated with global organizations on several projects.


Sirja Sulakatko: Sirja joined Smartwrk NGO in 2019. Her primary role includes developing the Smartwork NGO activities in directions of research and consultancy/training. On the daily basis, Sirja works on her doctoral project in two Uniersities: Estonin Business School (in Estonia) and Turku University (in Finland). During her doctoral project she has mapped best practices of managing virtual teams as well as competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) needed from virtual team members. She has knowledge and skills regards contemporary competence development theories and practices. 



    • “REMOTE WORK” WEBBINARS (Spring, 2020) – During the Covid-19 crisis, Smartwork collaborated with EEKRI (Estonian Enterprises Crisis Centre). We helped them in organizing  and running two free webinars regards developing effective remote teamwork within organizations.
    • REMOTE WORK FIRST AID (Spring, 2020) – During the Covid-19 crisis Smartwork, together with ELISA AS, opened a free remote work first-aid consultancy service for all who needed help and advice regarding remote work topics.
    • REMOTE WORK BADGE (2016-…) – The aim of this project is to recognize organizations who are using remote work practices and raise the awareness and popularity of using remote work practices in Estonian organizations. 
    • WORKING OUTSIDE DAY (2015-2016): Together with Microsoft, Smartwork NGO organized a day, where employees worked outside of the office. 
    • E-EUROPE 2015: In 2015, Smartwork Association enhanched the skills of younger generation for communicating through IT channels with  European Commission and European Parlament.
    • GET ONLINE WEEK (2013-2017) – A project that was run over Europe, duration 1 week. The aim of this project was raise the awareness. competencies and courage among young generation in Estonia to use different information and technology tools. 
    • ESTABLISHMENT OF REMOTE WORKING CENTER (2009-2011) The aim of this project was to establish remote working center in different regions in Estonia and training the managers for those centers. 

Get in contact with us through info@smartwork.ee