By Angela Budagher | Office Manager & Executive Assistant to CEO

If you don’t have fun doing something, you will never excel at it.

(well, we don’t just Excel … we Anaplan too!)

Providing and encouraging work break fun and company events are key components to maintaining our strong company culture. At Akili we are surrounded by smart people who truly live the “work hard, play hard” mentality. We are serious about our work and our play. “Compete like never before” does not stop with client projects. We have trophies for all of our events, and there is never a dull moment for the summer parties, happy hours and in-office tournaments (like putt-putt, ping pong, office Olympics and costume contests). At our company events, the entire office is filled with laughter, smells of spicy snacks and whatever flavor of beer we have on tap. These are fun days that keep us laughing well after the event.

Having fun with what you do in work or life can be about the crazy shenanigans happening at the office, but sometimes it’s all about perspective: choosing your attitude on what you do and how you do it. Like most organizations, everything starts from the top. Our CEO Shiek Shah has a great perspective about everything Akili. He is transparent in having passion for what he does and building a legacy that not only continues to grow, but evolve. Having passion for what we do is driving the essential pivots for company growth.

Promoting fun around the office is also about being human. It’s the acceptance of falling flat on your face and the ability to laugh at it. Getting right back up and using the passion for what we do propels us forward. It’s the perfect recipe for balancing the “work hard, play hard” attitude. Company culture is now more competitive than ever, and at Akili, we strive to drive a culture that supports the humanism of our employees and ignites their passion for work. We want employees to not only come to work, but to be passionate about getting to work (and driving results). Even in the “fun” department, we “Compete like never before.”

Now, let’s grab a beer and get back to work!