Typical 24: Richard Scholes, Parrs
on March 13 2017
Name: Richard Scholes
Job title: Managing Director
Location: Birmingham, UK
Years’ experience: 25
- What time do you reach the office each day?
- Is your job varied?
Extremely. As a small business, I get involved in all aspects of what we do.
- Is your job creative?
- What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
Correspondence, planning, and meetings. I try to make meetings as short as possible though.
- Do you personalise your desk?
Not really. You have made me think that I should though!
- Would you describe yourself as creative?
I have much more creative people than me who work here. The work our e-commerce team do on parrs.co.uk is way beyond my skill level.
- Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
I write a journal every morning as my first task of the day. It helps me to order my scrambled mind. I then take the previous day’s to-do list and re-write it. Blue pen for work, red pen for personal/family.
- Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I have discussions with colleagues but work on my own.
- How many hours on average do you work a day?
I don’t really count the hours. I don’t believe in the macho culture of working long hours just to say that you work long hours. Family time comes first for me and my staff, and always will.
- Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Email 40%, Taking calls 5%, meetings 15%. The rest of my time is spent researching, writing, forecasting etc.
- Do you use social media much for work?
Personally, I have started using LinkedIn a lot more in the last year. The company uses Twitter and Facebook.
- What do you enjoy most about your work?
The People: Nice customers, good suppliers and great staff.
- What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I always have Spotify on. It tends to be mood related, but today is a ‘70s disco day!
- What do you do for lunch?
Find something to eat wherever I am and make a conscious effort to switch my attention off work for 20 minutes. I find that when I work through lunch and don’t eat my decision-making suffers in the afternoon.
- Do you socialise with work colleagues?
I think that would be unfair on them. They have had enough of me by the end of the day!
- Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
I worked in the warehouse when I started here; I was never good at putting labels on products straight. I also did Credit Control in the 1990s - not fun.
- What is your last task of your day?
Washing my coffee cup.
- How do you like to relax after work?
Yoga. No, really. I cringe when I write this, but it’s true.
- Do you keep checking email through the evening?
I leave it alone until about 9pm, then spend an hour on it.
- Do you take work projects home with you?
I try not to. There is no point in being with the family if they don’t have your full attention.
- What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Business travel is not glamorous and decision-making is a lot more difficult than you think.
- If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
A day in the warehouse of Sports Direct. It will remind me how lucky I am.
- What device did you use to answer these questions?
Desktop, easier on the eyes.
- Do you use your own personal device for work?