Launching and growing a startup is undoubtedly a wild journey, filled with late nights, early mornings, project pivots, moments of uncertainty, and, of course, a lot of coffee. Amidst the inevitable ups and downs, the crucial question is this: how do you ensure your team stays motivated, happy, and inspired, day in and day out?
The answer: culture.
Having worked with innovative tech startups and scale-ups in the past, I’ve learned that putting culture and people first is essential. Your team is the driving force behind your startup, so it's imperative to ensure they’re motivated, happy, and inspired to come back day after day. Culture is the essential glue that binds us together and cultivates a sense of belonging and purpose.
As an American who ventured into the heart of Europe to join a startup, I've experienced firsthand the magnetic allure of this continent. My curiosity about Europe goes back to my time working for an amazing Finnish company as part of the US team. The more I delved into European work culture, the more I discovered its notable perks, like generous paid time off and extended paternity/maternity leave being the most obvious. It’s no exaggeration to say Europeans seem to have mastered the art of achieving a harmonious work-life balance – a fairly stark contrast to the North American ethos characterized by long work hours and rising to the top by not taking PTO. To be fair, not every American or business conforms to this stereotype, and many have embraced progressive practices to stay competitive.
At Forvio, we're all about taking time off to recharge (within reason, of course). We love planning epic outings, like weekend ski trips to the High Tatras of Slovakia or spending summer Fridays hiking or grabbing a drink in the city center. These activities bring us closer as a team and give us a chance to relax after giving it our all. Our co-founders get it - they know that building a positive work environment and keeping the team happy is the key to success and ultimately giving our customers a great experience. They lead the way, putting people first and setting the tone for our company culture. It’s these small steps that make a big impact.
In conclusion, despite the inevitable challenges that come with any entrepreneurial journey, it’s the relentless dedication to the well-being and happiness of the team that drives startups like ours towards success. By prioritizing a positive and proactive work environment, startups create a foundation for continuous growth, inspiring their team and instilling a sense of excitement that propels them forward each day.