A happy team makes for a productive team. When it comes to launching a startup, assembling the right team is essential. But hiring good people is only the first step.
What comes next is constantly putting in the effort to maintain the motivation of employees. We talked to five startup executives to uncover their secrets for keeping their employees happy and productive at work. These business leaders shared tips on how to make the workplace a welcoming environment, foster good morale in the office, and provide continual support for team members.
1. Create a safe space for employees to be themselves.
“The best way to motivate your employees is to give them permission to really be themselves. At Plum, we have a saying called “BYOS” which stands for “Bring Your Own Self.” That means we encourage our employees to be their whole selves at work all the time and find purpose in their work, because that’s the basis for creative, innovative thinking. We’ve always lived by these core Plum truths – we all wear our hearts on our sleeves. At the end of the day, business is always personal and that starts with empowering your employees to come to work exactly as they are.” — Ben Mand, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing & Innovation of Plum Organics