It’s clear the big tech giants haven’t missed a trick when it comes to creating a company culture that motivates employees and this is reflected in their success. Over the years, it seems as though companies have become more relaxed in their approach to work, ditching dull offices and rigid dress codes for comfortable work-spaces and a more casual approach.
This seems to be the attitude many start-ups have adopted too and not just within the tech industry. If we were to compare a start-up banking company to an established bank, the start-up is likely to be more relaxed culturally. There are some noticeable similarities and differences when comparing start-ups and corporate's.
It is rare to find anyone who works a simple 9-5 job nowadays and across the board working hours have increased. However, the number of employees working remotely also seems to have increased over the years, but for different reasons. Many corporate companies have embraced the idea of employees working from home as it reduces costs to the business – including rent costs and any travel expenses the company covers. While start-ups may have a headquarters in London (or a larger city), many of them will hire additional offices in remote locations as it is cheaper. However, it may be that start-ups will be more relaxed with the one-off day working from home as there are fewer people to catch up with for missed workload.
It could be argued that some pointers have been taken from the tech giants when it comes to work environments too. If you’ve ever seen Google offices you’ll know there’s a lot of glass, a lot of colour and countless sofas and bean bags. Judging by the success of these large companies, this work environment clearly helps to generate innovative ideas. As such, it is understandable that many start-up offices have adopted this work environment too, including WeWork offices that have an array of sofas, leafy plants, beer taps etc.
Although at first glance the workload in start-ups and corporate companies may seem similar, the size of the company can impact the characteristics of the workload. Imagine a large group and a small group were set the same task. It is fair to say people in the larger group will have fewer tasks allocated but will be expected to complete the tasks in more detail. In comparison, people in the small group will have a larger variety of tasks. Not only will the individuals in the small group hold more responsibility completing numerous tasks, but they will also be more identifiable if something goes wrong. In a larger group, it is more difficult to identify people. This idea can also be flipped – it is easier to recognise someone’s efforts in a smaller group compared to a larger which can increase motivation.
It is fair to say that start-ups can be a very interesting culture to work in. With alternative style offices, the ability to work from home, the main thing that differentiates the corporate and start-ups is the workload. Arguably with more responsibility, variety and recognition, start-ups are exciting to work for! If you think this type of work environment is right for you, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our job posts now!