We’re currently filming Series Two of our Tech Leaders in Yorkshire interviews, and I always knew I wanted to interview Dan Akers, co-founder of LightStart. However with calendars filling up quickly in December, with project deadlines and social events, it was looking increasingly unlikely to happen!
Until I came up with a plan that was so crazy it might just work…
Adesse is a family-run IT recruitment company, based in Farsley, North Leeds. I work with my husband and all of our employees work flexibly, to fit around their personal circumstances. LightStart is an analysis-led digital design consultancy, based in Leeds City Centre. They only employ people on a 4 day week and have work/life balance as a core value.
Dan has a Wednesday off, which he spends looking after his two year old son. Having one of those myself, I know they’re not exactly conducive to productive filming environments. But then I had an idea that was either genius or totally bonkers, depending on how you look at it. My husband would take the morning off work (he has an understanding boss), and entertain Dan’s son at the soft play gym around the corner. We’d take our son out of childcare and take him too, to make it less weird. Dan and I would settle the boys, rush up to the Adesse offices to film our interview, and then return before the lunchtime crankiness kicked in.
It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked like a dream. The boys played well together, we got some fantastic interview footage, and I have to give a special mention to my colleague Georgina, who popped in on her day off to make sure we had no technical hitches.
It may be unconventional, but this is a fantastic example of flexibility in the workplace – just what you can achieve if you think outside the box.
Can you beat this? I’d love to hear your stories.