It has been a long-held belief that startup companies should hire employees they consider ‘indispensable.‘ Employees have been viewed simply as resources. However, the times are changing, and it seems as though the opposite could potentially be the case when trying to get a company running and off the ground.
Employees seem bent on becoming the only employee for the startup company who knows precisely what is expected of them and does it perfectly. They will get so focused on that that it will sometimes take away from giving them a chance to advance in a company, gain a promotion or, in the long run, become even more invaluable to the company. They could potentially be relied upon for that one task alone and overlooked beyond that.
The way things are, company leaders and team members must have a trust in one another. Leaders often put their employees first when starting a business because of how intense and challenging the task is to run a startup. There are opportunities for those looking to get into a successful startup business, but it must be handled smartly. Money is a huge issue at this stage of the game, and employers must be smart in who they hire and what they do with those employees.
At the same time, startup employees should take advantage of the opportunity to advance within the company. This opportunity arises from the fact that once they learn their trade, they can keep accurate track of their work. They can pass what they know on to other employees, train them and get them able to aptly perform the tasks at hand, and after that, there is a chance for a promotion. Employers will see a team leader, manager or supervisor in an employee who branches out, learns new tasks and is actively involved in effectively training others.
Also, view this from the point of an employer. Of course, an employer is going to be hesitant to move or promote an employee who is ‘indispensable‘ to them, i.e. the only person who knows how to perform a certain task. This is the potentially destructive so-called ‘shot to the foot‘ which can take a startup business and run it into the ground.
Take certain positions, for example. Human resources, salespeople and PR reps, just to name a few, are all pretty important to the success of business. If you are in a startup company and one of these employees quits, suddenly needs time off, or for whatever reason is suddenly unavailable, then it is going to be you who is working even longer hours to cover their job on top of your own.
It is with these thoughts and ideas that perhaps startup businesses can start becoming more successful and smarter in the way they run their business. And the startup employee can begin working towards a hard-earned promotion by branching out into other territories and being good at what they do ‘ and passing that on to others.