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Startups need these Five Types of Employees

Startups need these Five Types of Employees
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The success of any startup company is based on their creativity, their direction and the strategies that they can apply to consolidate in the market. Nevertheless, there are some very important aspects for the growth and success of businesses or emerging startups: the employees. For this reason, and many others we must know and understand the fact that there are several kinds of employees in the market, and here is a list of five of them, you should have in your company in order to achieve as much success as possible.

1. The challenger

Having employees that fully support the decisions of the high ranks is a benefit for the harmony of the company. Still, a certain amount of defiance or contradiction is always needed to improve the decision-making process in an startup company.

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In this matter, comes the challenger. This type of employee who oversees talking and challenging the state and direction in which the startup company is or is going. These persons show personality and own thinking that will touch you, and of which will bring a lot of advantage and support for your new business. We all need to work in the reality and our own employees can help us to stay in it.

2. The optimist

Every startup company or business will have bad experiences and failures, for which they need a person who fights until the end and never lets go. We are talking about the optimist, a person that always finds a silver lining in the worst situations.

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In many occasions the problems will generate a negative impact on the employee’s morale, that can lead to low levels in productivity. The optimist will take care of keeping afloat its work companions making them look at the good things, his main function is to encourage teammates so the company has a positive attitude.

3. The multitasker

The owners of startup companies need a team that is capable to fulfill different roles in the company. A multitask employee will allow a business to reach goals, to deal with plenty of situations of different kinds and to make the rest of the staff believe that it is actually a very competitive place to work. The multi-functional employee takes care of this, he or she can help in what is needed right now and is a necessary requirement for every emerging startup. This type of employee is ideal to lead teams at work and to have delegated functions in the office.

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4. The seeker of knowledge

There are employees who feel a great passion for their job and are always desiring to learn more each day. The seeker of knowledge is never satisfied, takes extra courses and studies major degrees. They are natural lifelong learners, motivated by a combination of curiosity and a deep desire for personal and professional growth.

This attitude is beneficial for your startup company and can be contagious. Besides, this kind of employee is usually on top of every technological advances and tendencies, so they keep their coworkers up to date and can even motivate all employees to have this kind of passion .

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5. The mentor

In many occasions, we hire staff without a lot of experience and this can hurt and increase the cost of running our business, if we don’t have a developing program or prepare the staff. In this moment, the mentor shines, and becomes a business saver. This character takes care of transmitting all his learned knowledge to the new employees of your startup company.

Knowing now that employees are a very important part of your startup business – which do you think are the perfect employee roles that your business has?

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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