1. Culture matters, right from the beginning – be intentional about it. HR is in the best seat to help define, articulate and provide oversight to ensure there is consistency across the entire organization with everything that touches the team.
They say most problems in life can be solved through some form of mathematical equation. Being an organizational development executive, I have found that difficult to grasp as math is so far outside my area of expertise.
Two words can make a startup executive’s eyes glaze over faster than any others: human resources.
Yet startups in particular need to be prepared for personnel crises that can upend the workplace. And HR professionals are finding they need a new set of skills to navigate the charged environment at these companies, say workplace experts.
Here’s an amazing stat: Amazon recently hired 12,800 employees bringing its headcount up to 109,800, compared with 81,400 a year ago. That means the company employs more people worldwide than Microsoft does and on any given day has thousands of additional job opportunities listed.
A female GitHub Inc. engineer’s tweets on Friday that she left the San Francisco-based technology company because of alleged gender discrimination should serve as a warning that startups can be especially susceptible to these claims
The cost to hire an employee averages between 14 to 29 percent of an employee’s salary. This expensive line item becomes exponential when we make poor hiring decisions and are forced to rehire for the same position.
San Francisco isn’t the toughest place to hire tech pros these days. The talent crunch is worse in New York City than in the renowned West Coast tech stronghold, according to IT staffing specialist Dice.com. Recruiting challenges are also hitting other U.S. cities across the country.
Jason Fried is a founder and CEO of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago. Fried also treats 37signals as something of a laboratory for innovative workplace practices–such as a recent experiment in shortening the summer workweek to just four days.