- On June 1, 2017
- Belgian startups, company culture, horizontal organizational structure, intuo, intuo.io, organizational culture, startup company culture, Telenet Kickstart, work for startups
Think your startup’s company culture is solid? Make no mistake
Establishing a great company culture is an important step for any startup determined to succeed. But, as you may already know, creating and implementing a company culture is not something you do overnight. It takes years of hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and probably even some tears. We’re joking, of course. There are, however, some pitfalls to watch out for when establishing and maintaining your startup’s company culture. In fact, Intuo has published an interesting blog article about it. Ready for a sneak preview? Here we go!
Trying to create a top-down hierarchy
One of the many reasons why people find working for a startup attractive is that startups tend to have a horizontal organizational structure. If you notice that layer after layer is being added to your startup’s organization, turning it into a top-down hierarchy, it’s time to step in and divide your people into smaller, decentralized teams instead. Power to the people!
Never giving them a pat on the back
Most people working for startups are in it for the unique experience rather than the money. Of course, everybody likes a pay raise. But money is not the only, and especially not the best way to praise your team for a job well done. Let your team know how they’re doing on a regular basis, and don’t forget that a compliment goes a long way.
“Have you done it yet? It is ready yet? Are you doing it now?”
We get it. Your startup is your baby. But don’t be tempted into micromanaging your team. Failing to delegate and trust your team not only ruins the atmosphere in the workplace, it also kills what a great startup company culture should be all about: nurturing creativity.
And there’s more …
These are just some of the pitfalls that can jeopardize your startup’s company culture. Read Intuo’s full article to learn more!