‘It’s not about saying “well done” — it’s about creating a place where people grow’
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by The Startups Team
1w ago
Recognising your team's hard work is crucial. But how can you do this in new and exciting ways, especially when resources are tight? In this article, we'll look at eight unique methods to show your team they're valued. Ever thought about making special emojis or giving a “Golden ticket” for important meetings to celebrate your team's efforts? Keep reading to find out about these and other fresh ways to thank your team, and make your startup a great place to work. 1: Create custom emojis or slack stickers Celebrate an employee's standout performance, creative problem-solving, or embodiment of c ..read more
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“People said that we were mad to take on the CV”
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by The Startups Team
2w ago
I see a lot of early career pages that are keen to point out that they’re not ‘credential-first’ employers, that they look for personality, culture-fit, originality, and pioneering mindset. So far, so good. But, then you hit that Apply button and wham: ‘Please upload your CV’. The CV is failing businesses and young people alike. It’s outdated, limiting, and insight-poor. At best, it’s boring. At worst, it’s horribly biassed. Applying for jobs has never been easier, thanks to one-click applications and CV uploads that take seconds. But, finding diverse, top talent has never been harder, and the ..read more
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Is ChatGPT causing employees’ anxiety?
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by The Startups Team
3w ago
Every technological advance has its downsides. One innovation that has reduced more unrest and unhappiness is ChatGPT — is it causing employees anxiety? It is, for a good reason. Many people who worked hard and trained their entire lives to perform a specific role now fear a robot stealing their livelihood and leaders have not done enough to assuage these valid concerns. Here is why this technology causes employee anxiety and how leaders can calm these fears to prevent panic from impacting productivity. The expanding role of technology at work It is hard to believe, but people invented the int ..read more
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Employee wellbeing can solve the UK’s productivity Groundhog Day
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by The Startups Team
3w ago
Ever seen the 1993 film Groundhog Day? The one where the animal of the same name, Punxsutawney Phil, predicts a prolonged winter, or the early arrival of spring bloom?  The release of UK’s labour productivity performance metrics feels much the same. The UK has been stuck in Groundhog Day on productivity growth for more than a decade. In fact, according to research from the University of Sussex and Loughborough, we’re seeing the slowest productivity growth for 250 years.  This is the bit where Bill Murray says, “Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?” If GDP is ultimately about pro ..read more
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Grow your business without hiring a CTO
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by The Startups Team
1M ago
A Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is essential for startup, offering technical expertise, strategic vision, and innovation, guiding product development and hiring and overseeing technical teams. In simple terms, without a good CTO, a company can struggle to grow. Finding the right fit can be a challenging task in early-stage startups – where the product-market fit may not yet be proven, and financial stability uncertain. Couple this with limited resources and tech’s current talent shortage, tapping into the CTO-aaS landscape can offer up a host of advantages. This is particularly true for start ..read more
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Getting the most out of the gig economy as a small business owner
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by The Startups Team
1M ago
Thanks to the widespread adoption of flexible, hybrid and remote work policies and an unpredictable economic environment, we’ve seen several dramatic shifts in the workforce over the past three years.  Freelance revolution With Gen Z and Millennial workers turning increasingly to freelancing, the global gig economy is projected to reach a value of $14.39 billion by 2030 – largely fuelled by online workers with specialised professional skills.  But evolution in response to disruption is nothing new. In the world of work, a similar period of rapid change was sparked by the 2008 recessi ..read more
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London workspace in 2024: here’s why you need to go flexible
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by The Startups Team
1M ago
As  2024 begins, London’s flexible office market will continue to gain momentum buoyed by the government’s Flexible Working Bill, expected to be implemented in spring. The rise and rise of flexible workspaces Over the past few years, we have seen the market across London rapidly adapt to ever-evolving working dynamics – with hybrid and fully remote becoming the norm for workers.  In 2022, there was continued pent-up demand for office space due to the pandemic. In 2023, we saw a course correction and ended the year in a new steady state. This is backed by figures from Cushman & Wa ..read more
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Mentorship at work and the toxicity of competition
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by Richard Parris
2M ago
Competition is inevitable in many aspects of life, including at work. However, there are occasions where support is needed that does not come with any ulterior motives. Mentorship is one of those – it can be an effective tool in creating inclusive workplace cultures, but its success is dependent on how it is understood and implemented. Mentors will only take on the role to assist and support others if the initiative has been rolled out effectively and their perception is positive, but not all mentors take an altruistic approach. Sometimes, mentors start to compete with their mentees, which can ..read more
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Startups have a skills problem. It’s one they won’t solve by hiring.
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by The Startups Team
3M ago
An obsession with growth is to be expected when you’re running a startup. Success tends to be measured by the numbers raised at each funding round, the endless stream of new customers raving about your product, and the rapidly expansion of the development team. But as the recent layoffs across the sector have shown, growth is not always linear. And hiring at pace is no longer a viable option for many companies searching for more productivity or innovation at lower cost.  With VC funding less forthcoming in 2023, startups are slimming teams down to make ends meet. Leaders are being pushed ..read more
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As a startup founder, you’re only ever one project away from being sued
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by The Startups Team
3M ago
From organising your launch party to onboarding your team, starting a new business is often a busy, exciting time. Every day poses a new opportunity, with much of your headspace occupied with bringing your vision alive. It’s little wonder that legals can be overlooked or drop down your to-do list – especially when everything feels so shiny and optimistic. But without a well-structured, industry-specific contract in place, you are only ever one project away from being sued. Getting the legals right in the beginning is key While we would all like to think that businesses play fair, that sadly i ..read more
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