Last week, a friend of mine voiced a concern he had with his work environment. As an employee of a startup, he and others had been being treated very poorly.
As a startup founder, I am the leader of my team. You will notice I did not say boss and you will notice I did not say employees. We are a team. We are a startup. If we are not a team, we don’t succeed.
At crav, we have had up to 8 people on our team at a single time. I think I can safely say that none of those who have been on or are currently on our team have ever felt as an employee. I make it clear from the get go, that this is a team and that we all are important in the success of this startup. We all have a weight to pull. We all have a value to add. We all have to perform to our best, because if not, it effects the entire startup.
Our team are all friends. I strive to always be aware of their personal needs and concerns. We are a family. I am always here to talk to and give advice when needed and sometimes it is. When it comes to business, we are all business, but as a team we are a family and we are friends. No person is treated any less than any other person, including myself.
My point is simple. As a startup, the chemistry has to be perfect in order to succeed. You have to be close to those who you work with and aware of their situations. When one person is down, upset, not pulling their weight or any other situation other than on the top of their game, it effects the whole entire startup and puts its success in jeopardy.
As the leader of a startup, be close to those you work with. Be close to your team. Be aware. We are all humans, even if a person isn’t majority stakeholder in your startup, they are vital to your startup’s success.