Spanning Europe, the US, Tokyo and Australia to help software engineers secure their dream job, Ryan's start-up is shaking up the world of job hunting. We find out how the proud husband, father and entrepreneur creates a thriving company culture, his top tips for work-life balance, and his favourite secret London spot.
Where is home?
Home is Surrey. I love working in London but also enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle to be surrounded by trees and fields to enjoy time with my young family.
First thing you do when you get into work?
After saying good morning to the whole team, I sit down and get a plan in place. It’s important to get tasks prioritised, clear emails, check my calendar and make sure I’m on top of urgent tasks to get myself geared up for the day ahead.
Office view you’d kill to have?
Santa Monica, LA, would have to be my dream location. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I started working, and we’re actually about to open an office out there, which I’m very excited about.
Best place to celebrate a work deal?
We like to celebrate deals as a team in the office. You choose a great song, do your “deal walk”, then write it up on the communal board. It’s a bit of fun for the whole office, followed by high fives and lots of noise – of course.
What motivated you to launch Signify Technology?
After working in the recruitment sector for some time, I got to a point where I was frustrated with the way the industry operated. For me, the client-candidate relationship is crucial. I wanted to connect talent with opportunities in a new way and flip the negative perception people often have of recruiters.
Who has been an inspiration in your life?
My mum. She is the definition of a fighter. From a young age she has suffered with ill health and has recovered from cancer twice. If I even have a quarter of her drive and determination, I will do okay in life.
Best night out near The Frames?
I am a big foodie and there are so many amazing places in Shoreditch, like The Curtain Hotel, Nobu, Sushi Samba and Dishoom. I still love to party and drink a few glasses of wine but food is where my heart is.
Top tip for businesses to encourage work-life balance?
Care about your staff’s wellbeing and they will be happy. If it’s possible, speak to individuals in your company to find out what’s important to them. That could be shorter work hours, taking regular breaks or integrating yoga and meditation into the working day. Also, taking an hour away from your desk for lunch is a big must.
Worst work habit?
I get impatient and always want results yesterday. When you own your business, it’s hard to leave work at work. It can become your whole life. I love what I do, but it’s all about striking a good working balance.
If you were Mayor of London for the day, what would you do?
Ban cars in the city so that everyone has to run, cycle or walk. Great for exercise but also helps the environment.
If you were locked in The Frames for a night, who would you choose as your buddy?
I’m a big football fan so it would have to be Thierry Henry. He’s a hero in my eyes and I would love to meet him.
Best secret London spot?
The Curtain Hotel. I recently joined as a member and spend a lot of time there. The Frames got me a great discount, too.
What’s on your bookshelf?
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. We also have a library at Signify where we share books to help with self-development.
Read more about how Adams’ business cherry-picks the best talent in War for Talent on page 24 of the latest issue of homeWORK or read the Signify story here.
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