Ranya Akacha

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I have worked in corporate for 11 years in many roles including Project Management, Transformation and Change Management. I have also owned and ran a number of small businesses including a Beauty Salon, Travel Agency and a Training business. Throughout my career I was lucky enough to always be working in a company and role I enjoyed (most of the time), and once I had children, flexibility was the key requirement to any role I would consider. But I came across a lot of people that weren't happy in their jobs and only worked for a pay cheque at the end of the week. This made me really sad - you spend so much time at work and to not enjoy it, or the people you work with, didn't sit right for me. I didn't want this for my children.

In my experience, I found that the flexible work arrangements was something most companies were open to, but due to the culture of the business, it didn't actually work in that organisation. They would say all the right things, and have all the right intentions, but in reality it just didn't work and you were always seen as the person who left early, or came in late, as opposed to the person that delivered the required outcomes. 

I then decided that my new mission was to get rid of Mondayitis and work with organisations and their teams to re engage them and ensure they are bringing their whole selves to work, not just part of themselves. A big part of that is building trust, accountability and allowing for flexible working arrangements so people are able to deliver the outcomes required in a way that suited them best. 

I truly believe the landscape of work is changing, and the whole sitting in an office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm is going to something of the past. More and more people are working remotely and achieving amazing things. Instead of getting paid by the hour, we will be moving to getting paid for particular outcomes or outputs. We have to look at ways of getting the most out of people and we can't do that unless they are happy, fully engaged and trusted. As Simon Sinek says, if you look after your people, they will look after your business.