The startup industry today is an increasingly growing scene that is beyond just a company, a brand or a product – it’s become a new way of life that is extremely attractive to work in and join, especially with the youth and college graduates.
Beyond this experienced executives are now leaving high paying salaries with stable companies to join startup companies at an increasingly high rate as well that is also on the rise. But why leave a stable job that has security and a steady paycheck in it, to join a group of younger, less experienced people, on an environment that is full of insecurity, not stable and paychecks come and go in phases especially in the early stages of the company? Further how do you stay motivated as an employee in order to stay focused and truly grow with the startup company when the environment can feel like a roller coaster at times?
TAKE IT ALL IN
1- Startup’s are an experience that most people don’t ever get to participate in throughout their lives. There is action, fast paced growth and all types of personalities, people and events daily. The trick is to take it all in. Learn how to really get to know your team. Work with them. Learn from them. Help them hit goals. Leave any feelings of jealousy, internal competitiveness, or negativity at the door of a startup. Those characteristics do not make for lasting roles in these environments. You must be positive and work hard to enjoy the experience and if you want to grow. You will soon feel like part of the team and a true feeling of self worth. You will become accepted and valued more in a startup as a team member from hard work and dedication than you will in any other business model.
FOCUS ON YOUR AREA
2- Many times employees want to jump around, offer advice and input in other people’s areas of the company, or even take on too many jobs by them self. This is not rocket science. You will indefinitely spread yourself too thin. Focus on your area. Become amazing at what you were hired to do. Make your work awesome. Make your campaigns stick out get noticed by results. Learn how to pass off work to others when applicable. Delicate if your able to do so. Get your area to shine bright and stick out to all in the company. Too many jobs and doing things all by yourself will ultimately lead to not feeling like you ever get things done. A feeling of stress will take over when you’ve nothing to stress about other than doing things your not supposed to be doing to begin with.
TRAIN YOURSELF TO GIVE YOUR ALL
3- Last but not least. Take your job seriously and give it your all. We all know it, there are many jobs out there that we have all either done or know people who do them where you have the ability to “fake it” and present the appearance of working and getting things done. This is next to impossible to pull off I’m a startup company. If this is your plan take it to a big company where you can hide in the back row and never move up. But in a startup you need to work hard. You can do this by training yourself to have a schedule in your day, make a routine and stick to it. Try to always push yourself. Plan to get up and kick ass. Your energy will show in your work. You will motivate your team as they continue to motivate you.
Startup’s can be a fun and exciting place to work for the long term if you take the job seriously. Staying motivated is the trick, use these few steps above to continue to kick ass each day at work.