How to help your employees feel more engaged at work

Going through the hiring process for a new startup is not only time consuming but costly. You've put forth a lot of effort to create a top notch team, and you'd like to retain them into the future.To create employee loyalty, you want to help them feel engaged with your company. In this article, we look at how to help your employees feel more engaged at work.When they're more engaged, they're more productive and more committed to your startup.Model communicationOne way to create an engaged workfo...
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5 ways startups can encourage healthy habits for their staff

 Did you know that nearly 80% of adult Americans don't get the recommended amounts of exercise each week? This is a set up for many different types of problems.What's more, many people spend most of their day sitting in uncomfortable chairs in front of a computer. This can lead to back, wrist, neck, and hand pain.Ultimately, without a workplace wellness plan, your startup may end up with unhealthy and unhappy team members. But you can help. Let's look at five ways startups can encourage hea...
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5 ways startups can help employees from all backgrounds feel welcome

As a new startup, you can set your company culture and employee morale right from the outset.You've worked hard to hire the right people for your business. This may mean you have people of all ages, races, genders, religions and political affiliations sharing a space.In addition, you want them to feel comfortable and happy so you can build a cohesive team. To do this, they must all be welcomed.Here are five ways startups can help employees from all backgrounds feel welcome. #1: Startup at t...
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The real answer to fight burnout in the workplace

Job burnout isn't just an expression anymore, it's now officially a medical disorder.Last May, the World Health Organization classified job burnout as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." To sum up, it's a state that can lead to fatigue, low productivity, and even anxiety and depression.The term 'burnout' goes back to 1974, when psychologist Herbert Freudenberger used it in a paper to describe his colleagues at a free heal...
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How startups benefit from a diverse staff

As a founder or CEO, you want to hire the most experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable team to propel your startup to success. To do this, and to do it well, you may want to make sure that your team is also diverse.Your first inclination may be to hire people just like you, but this isn't always the best idea. You want to find skilled, capable people who are different from you, so your team is well-rounded, and your employee culture is more open and accepting.In this article, we look at how star...
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5 team building activities for startups

​For many employees, just hearing the words, "team building" and "ice breaker," are enough to send them on an extended vacation.While they understand your intentions, traditional team building activities can be a source of stress for some of your employees.Yet, team building activities are good for your staff and your company, so how do you encourage happy participation?Let's look at five team building activities for startups that are exciting, fun, and less emotionally painful for your team mem...
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Why your startup needs an employee handbook

An employee handbook is vital to the success of your startup. But, perhaps you're wondering why your startup needs an employee handbook and when it's appropriate to create one.Two of the simplest reasons you need one are for the creation of processes and policies and to facilitate benefits administration. Let's look at these reasons as well as a few others, but first, let's discuss when you need one. When do you need a handbook?While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, it's the best practi...
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The costs of a bad hire

Have you ever asked yourself what it costs to hire an employee who doesn't turn out to be right for your business? The U.S. Department of Labor says it costs you at least 30% of your employee's first-year earnings if they're a bad hire. For many startups, losing five figures because you hired the wrong person may mean the difference between success and failure.Let's take a look at the costs of a bad hire, so you can avoid the devastating consequences to your startup. Initial hiring costsYou...
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Why I overestimate my contribution to my team

While we may be acutely aware of our own contributions to a team effort, we're often less aware of the contributions made by other members of the team. As a result, we may take more responsibility for the team's success—or failure—than our individual contribution merits. "Every person in a team overestimates his or her contributions to the team," writes venture capitalist Tomasz Tunguz. And this overestimation bias can be a significant factor in team dysfunction. In a recent blog post, Tunguz ex...
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8 tips to improve team collaboration

Most leaders consider high-performing teams to be essential for the success of the business. Effective teamwork brings together individual employees with different yet complementary skills, ideas, and experience to collaborate on a shared goal. While it takes effort and commitment to build successful teams, the business will benefit from improved performance and increased productivity. When a team is impacted by too many negative characteristics—when there's more going wrong than right...
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