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Best Workplaces™ for Start-ups: What it's REALLY like for employees

Best Workplaces™ for Start-ups: What it's REALLY like for employees

 

Working for a start-up is attractive—sometimes magnetically so. The job descriptions usually include phrases like “casual, fun office environment” and “room for rapid advancement.” And as you answer questions on their non-traditional job application (“If you were a reality TV show star, which one would you be?”), you visualize yourself balancing on a stability ball in yoga pants and a t-shirt, collaborating with like-minded colleagues over chai lattes.

It’s true that joining a start-up can be a fun, smart, and even life-changing move but there are some key differences between a start-up environment and every other type of company out there.

Employees at the Best Workplaces for Start-ups spill the details on what it’s really like.

Job Satisfaction Guaranteed

Employees at the Best Workplaces for Start-ups share in the birth, growth, and success of the company. They belong to something special and when the company does well, they can be proud of their contributions. Employees often help with so much more than what is outlined in their job description, so opportunities for learning and growth are plentiful.

Endless Possibilities

At a start-up it is almost certain that you will be making substantial contributions to the business. Especially during the early stages when time is precious and can be very costly; every team member not only has a part to play but must be willing and ready to wear many hats. Strictly speaking, you’ll have the opportunity to execute and accomplish more. In fact, 94% employees conveyed that they have been given a lot of responsibility. And that’s a good thing, to say the least, as these are tremendous opportunities to add to your resume.

A Portrait of Innovation

Start-ups need to grow fast. If they can't keep up in the fast lane, they'll crash out. Employees have the license to show off their brilliance. They deliver results with fresh designs and new concepts that capture consumer interest. There’s pressure to break new ground, but dynamic energy drives progress at start-ups. Pride in growing the company and sharing in its ups and downs creates a tight-knit team.

Employees tend to have a vested interest in the company from day one. Oftentimes, employees share in the birth, growth and success; so much so that, 92% of employees expressed that people in their organization respond quickly to changes needed for the organization’s success.

The Value of Ownership and Hard Work

Working at a start-up often means that you’ll be working within a small team who are responsible for your achievements. As daunting as that sounds, it can be also be deemed the biggest inspiration and incentive there is, to tap into your self-sustainable skills, determination and like 93% of respondents, the willingness to give extra to get the job done.

The Hard Truth

Despite the common notion that working at a start-up company is all leisure and entrepreneurial spirit, the uncomfortable truth is employees can experience having a heavier workload, as opposed to working at a more established company. However, focusing on highlighting the positive and placing less emphasis on the negative is a formula for success and achievement. In fact, 91% said that taking everything into account, their workplace is a great place to work.

In general, the good news is that for the most part, employees often feel that they can leverage their skills, ideas and their drive to succeed towards achieving their goals within a start-up company. Which sounds easier said than done, however the strength of a team is likely to be the determining factor in sustaining a healthy workplace culture, thus making the company a great place to work!

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