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Muslims and Tech with Mohammed Farhaan, Senior Manager of HR Systems for HelloFresh

Mohammed Farhaan is thes Senior Manager of HR Systems for HelloFresh. Hellofresh is a publicly traded meal kit company based in Berlin, Germany. Operating across the globe. It is the largest meal-kit provider in the United States, and also has operations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.

1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background (how you got to where you are) and current role?

Academically, I’m an Engineer in Information Sciences and I chanced upon an opportunity in Enterprise Technology consulting and been a career HR Technology professional for 9 years now. I am Senior Manager of HR systems for Hellofresh

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

Funny enough, the HR technology i live and breathe is called Workday. A disruptive HR system many Fortune 1000 companies use. A workday of my life has to ensure all HR processes and functions work smooth and organisational data integrity is consistently maintained. I usually manage small teams and there’s always something to do every day (it’s HR right). We never close shop.

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

I’m going to keep this simple- Hybrid work options and self empowered teams and never be apprehensive to delegate. One more point, let go of the obsession to check mails or social media for that matter.

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

Deleted much of my Social media presence except LinkedIn because it’s relatively useful. It helps in devices detoxification. Saves time and helps you focus on better things in life and doing justice to your family

5) What brings you peace during stressful times?

Good food :) . I love a great meal and A phone call with my loved ones. The latter always works. Just talk ! It’s that simple.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you are consuming and like to recommend?

In books- The Reconstruction of Religious thought in Islam, Atomic habits and Do Epic Shit. I would also to recommend to subscribe to company newsletters to be informed of the latest happenings in workplace

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

Steve Jobs, Justin Trudeau, Rafael Nadal, Indra Nooyi and Yasar Ahmed

8) What’s the one piece of advice you would give our readers for managing stress and creating a healthy mental state?

Learn to let go of age old inhibitions and compulsions to always reply, debate or win arguments in any conversation. Inculcate a sense of emotional intelligence and measured responses. Not everything or everyone deserves your time, attention and energy.

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