In and within a startup, no one really has much faith in the traditional concept of ‘office.’
They are the people who have come a far way from the bondage of conventional workplaces. They are the freelancers, the indie workers, who love to have flexible rooms and flexible timings to perform their tasks with full freedom. They are the innovators, the trendsetters, the writers of their own fate and the live examples of the ‘impossible-is-nothing’ chant. Resources or no resources, workspaces or no workspaces, it is their zeal and only their zeal that has made things happen, that has made a company happen.
Of course, running a startup isn’t easy. It needs a lot of time and perseverance. But more than that, it is important to feed the ones running it with a proper work environment, an ambiance that would help them improve and increase their productivity.
Only, the question is, HOW?
How about a workplace outside office, for a change?
Once in a while, say on a certain scheduled weekday, you can ask your employees to work from home. As a matter of fact, if space constraint is the problem at the office, you can very well ask your entire team to work from home. This would perk up their enthusiasm, help them stay more focused and encourage them to put in some extra effort in their tasks without the ticking clock nagging every time.
And there’s another way too. If you don’t have enough desks to arrange seating for each and every one of them, move to the option of applying a rotational work shift. A change, at times, helps in increasing productivity in a way which is very positive.
Why not try connecting the different workplaces your startup has?
If you have recently started a certain business, chances are that you’ll have partners and employees stationed in far-near places. You’ll surely have an in-office team as well as a remote staff. To keep everyone of them aware and informed about whatever is going on in the company, you need to set up connections between them. The use of video conferencing greatly helps. Additionally, if you are wishing to make some extra investments, you can also set up big screens on all the company branches to show the different locations of workplaces via live video streaming.
Should you use downtime for problem solving?
Project-related problems and issues need to be solved using a cool brain and in a cool ambiance. Use your downtime for this. Ask your employees to do the same. Free time is best for cracking issues and who knows, you may even come up with some big, innovative idea for your startup.
Put board meeting outside corporate walls.
Natural sceneries not only help in refreshing minds with enough Oxygen, they also provide a great environment to have important talks and to unleash creativity. A stroll outside and a meeting on the go can help in the surge of better ideas than those that come up amidst the limited boundaries of the conference room at an office.
The main motive behind the creation of any startup, essentially, is to ditch the zombie life an employee suffers and to make use of his talents for better, more liberal purposes. Remember how Google started it all? And, regarding the workplace it has maintained, well, the tech giant topped this year’s Glassdoor Survey Of 50 Best Workplaces ever. Now get inspired, get going.