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Build a Positive Office Culture: Advice from Facebook‘s Former CTO

From the Editor's Desk
Jan 23rd, 2015
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Startups are known to be demanding enterprises. They require huge amounts of attention and long working hours. Employees often become overwhelmed with work and neglect their home lives. It’s important for small business owners to find ways to keep morale high in the workplace to avoid employee burnout.

In an article published on Business Insider, Eugene Kim says Bret Taylor’s recent start up, Quip, is building a healthy office culture. Kim praises Taylor, former Facebook CTO, for understanding the importance of preventing employee burn-out from the start. Kim advises startups to follow Taylor’s lead in order to attract and retain great talent.

Employee burnout is a huge problem in startups

Taylor emphasizes that burnout leads to employee dissatisfaction and has a negative impact on the company’s office culture. Therefore, it’s important for startups to support family life and encourage personal time. Otherwise, people will burn out and your company will lose valuable talent.

Startups need to create office cultures that balance work and real life

Taylor says he is working hard to create a positive office culture, “We’re really trying to create a company that, if we have the good fortune of being successful, which is not a foregone conclusion, people won’t be burned out – which I think is a very common problem in startups.”

Taylor speaks from personal experience

Both Taylor and his co-founder have kids and understand the importance of having time at home. His company’s workday ends at 5:30 p.m. He finds that employees who have time for friends and family are more efficient, happier, and more productive when on the job.

Taylor’s strategies seem to be paying off—Quip has been able to add over 5,000 new clients, including Facebook and Instagram, in just a year since its launch. It was also featured in Apple’s WWDC keynote last June.

To read the original article in its entirety, please visit Business Insider.

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