Date
22 July 2017
A flatter organization structure, a more casual set-up and flexible office rules are some of the draws of startups. Photo: HKEJ
A flatter organization structure, a more casual set-up and flexible office rules are some of the draws of startups. Photo: HKEJ

How some startups are scoring over big firms in luring talent

Young people nowadays are increasingly willing to forgo jobs at large corporations in order to work for startups, a fact that should make the tech industry sit up and take notice.

As the sector faces a talent shortage, companies need to think up new ways to make their workplaces more attractive for the younger generation.

Jobseekers now feel a good work environment and collegial atmosphere is as important as salary and benefits, a fact which Shopline cofounder Raymond Yip attests to.   

Aware of the mindset of the youth, Yip says he strives to create a equal working environment.

“I want all staff to know no matter they are in junior or senior position, they can directly come to me if there is a problem,” Yip told StartupBeat.

The entrepreneur also believes in being open and transparent with his employees. Only by letting everybody know clearly what the company’s plans are, can trust be built.

Yip is also quite relaxed about office rules. He wants the e-commerce software provider to be a more flexible and freer workplace.

If an employee is tired, having a long lunch or taking a nap is totally acceptable, says Yip, who has worked in the banking sector before.

Lifehack founder Leon Ho also puts a lot of emphasis on the work environment.

As people spend at least eight hours at the workplace, “the office needs to be as comfortable as home,” Ho says.

That explains why his firm has installed indoor bikes and video arcade machines in the office.

Ho constantly encourages his employees to speak up as he feels that open exchange and communication is the key to happy work life. Even in case of small things like an uncomfortable office chair, staff is welcome to talk about it.

Job mistakes, instead of being frowned upon, will be taken up as a chance to learn and improve.

Startups in general can’t afford generous pay packages but they do offer small perks, which also helps keep staff happy.

Shopline staff, for example, gets air ticket and accommodation subsidies for vacation trips.

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EJ Insight writer

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