If you work for a startup or a small business, then you know the unique challenges that come with the territory compared to those faced by larger companies. Fewer employees doesn’t mean fewer responsibilities, a comparatively smaller budget doesn’t mean less of a need for visibility and productivity, and a flatter framework doesn’t mean less stress and friction. When you work for a startup or small business, you know that everyone wears multiple hats, you need to be able to do more with less, and you need to work just as hard at creating a cohesive team that functions well together.
Accomplishing all of this can be difficult. That’s why today, we’ve got three suggestions for reducing stress, friction and frustration for anyone working in a smaller company.
Clearly define responsibilities
Small businesses and startups work with limited resources and, as we mentioned already, that includes manpower. Whether your company has two employees or twelve, there are always more hats to wear than heads to wear them. Having a clear organizational structure in place from the start minimizes the amount of overlap and maximizes productivity by allowing each person to focus on their specific tasks and goals. It also gives team members the chance to grow into, and beyond, their individual roles without feeling constrained by shared responsibility or culpability.
Maintain some personal space
Co-working spaces and close quarters are all the rage right now, and for good reason. These types of work spaces often offer companies flexibility during growth stages, as well as an open community of support that can be hard to find otherwise. When you search for office space, or design a floor plan, don’t underestimate the importance of giving your team opportunities to have some personal space when they work. Whether this space manifests as private work booths that can be used throughout the day, or even alcoves where someone can work without distraction, a little privacy goes a long way in maintaining focus.
Long hours can be unavoidable when you work for a startup or small business, and it's natural and easy to immerse yourself in your work. It's a positive indicator that you enjoy what you're doing, and believe in the organization you’re a part of. At the same time, don’t forget to balance your heavy workload with personal enrichment. That can mean pursuing a new hobby, having dinner and drinks with friends, or traveling somewhere new on the weekends. Allowing yourself time to think about anything other than work allows you to rest, recoup, and attack problems from new angles with a fresh set of eyes.
Here at Kendall Press, we understand the obstacles small businesses and startups face because we’ve faced many of them ourselves since we opened in 1984. We can't help you with your personnel decisions, but we can help you with a variety of products and services that make it easier to run your company and remove the stress from managing your position.
Jason, for the team at Kendall Press