Balancing the Grind with Wayne Tritton, Head of Talent Acquisition at Nodes & Links

Wayne Tritton is the Head of Talent Acquisition at Nodes & Links, a technology company that works with global leaders in the project delivery space, from energy and construction to aerospace and defence.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

Like most people in talent acquisition I sort of fell into recruiting.   Having worked for a number of years in Sales and Marketing for high tech brands like 3Dfx, I then moved into recruiting and loved it!

I worked at an agency specialising in language recruitment and set up a Gaming division. I then joined Tesla in 2013 and was responsible for opening multiple locations across most of Europe and then the Middle East.  I joined Nodes & Links almost a year ago and my remit is to put in place processes to help us scale

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

My day usually begins with a couple of cups of coffee before checking my emails, slack and any new applications to open roles. I may have interviews booked so will do them and make my notes available to the hiring manager. I might do some updated searches on LinkedIn and send some InMails.  

I speak regularly with the CTO and CEO and update them on the hiring plan. I would normally spend my lunch time going to the supermarket to get food for dinner. In the afternoon I will go over what has been done and plan for the next day, maybe some last minute interviews if people are available. Once a week I pick my kids up from school so I am AFK for an hour or so.  I come home and then prepare dinner and check emails before logging off

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

People matter hugely to us here at Nodes & Links and we are all remote based, we have flexible hours, someone is always off doing something on any given day but we all trust each other to get our jobs done without micromanagement.

It’s incredibly important to us that if people have things they need to do  that they don’t get stressed about it when working from home and they are free to do those things without feeling guilty.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

For me it means I know that when work is done for the day it’s done, in the past I would have my emails etc open all the time and felt like I never switched off – here I know that I can properly relax and pick things up tomorrow. For sure it’s important to be productive and work smart so that you don’t have to catch up constantly

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I recently joined a gym finally so I now go swimming 2-4 times a week in the morning before work. Since joining Nodes & Links this last year has been rewarding but relaxing knowing how supportive the company is and how they appreciate everyone’s work.  

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

I love books, all kinds. Fact, fiction, detective thrillers, procedural police type books. Michael Connelly is a firm favourite and I am currently working through James Patterson’s Alex Cross books.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

I love cooking so any of my kitchen gadgets are essential for me, potato ricer for smooth mash, my new oven, my BBQ.  Trying to convince my other half to let me get an air fryer next!

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

Hmm that’s a tough question – it would have to be someone like Richard Branson, he seems to have a strong work ethic but also looks like he has fun as well.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I would say mental health and well being are essential so if you are having a tough day then if you need to go for a walk for an hour then just do it, or just take a step back, listen to some music.

Also if you don’t have a rigid schedule then mix up your work day where possible. I might decide I need to stop doing searches or working on a job description and do a different task for a while and then pick it up again later.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.