Normally, we are imparting knowledge for the career dweller (and planner) and how to get advantages in a competitive landscape. But from time to time, we write about career-oriented material from a different perspective – the business owner. And what start-up brand or business workplace (With less than 100 people or so) doesn’t have a foosball table or game room? None. Or maybe just North of None.
Today’s post is a guest post from a foosball enthusiast and long time reader of the Bizzeebobber.com blog. When he approached me about this idea I said, “I love creativity and imagination (as you probably know)”. [Meaning, let’s share something fun and engaging with the readers – as they have come to expect that. And to introduce them to a new game and activity at the same time? Awesomeness.]
Mark was up for the challenge, and I think you will enjoy the novelty of this game, too.
I must admit, I am not much of a Fooseballer (and not even sure that’s a word, but sure Mark would know – Another reason to check out his website). I played some with my friend Jimmy back in the Navy. He was quite good. I always loved when he was getting ready for the big shot. His weight would shift to one side like he was ready to throw a shotput, and, simultaneously, he would push his tongue toward the inside of his mouth (imagine a protruded cheek like that of a chipmunk) – and his shooting wrist was contorted like he was ready to ride a Harley! It was quite a scene and then you would hear a loud “POP!” SCORE … He was unstoppable. But there is more to the game than just shooting.
Please visit Mark’s page to learn more about Foosball. Mark is an ex-professional player and has quite a following.
So, without further adieu, let’s talk about Foosball and your start-up. Please, if you know someone growing their own business, like many of the Bizzeebobber audience, be sure to pass this along. Did you know this is a great game for kids, too? Another reason it’s near and dear to our heart.
The foosball table is killing your start-up
Start-ups are young companies which have an idea and they are developing a business around that idea. Most start-up developers are young people who want to recruit as many experts as they can and they use different methods for that. They use different software, their business plan, or even the image of the company. The best way to recruit an expert to come to your side is with complete transparency. Having a start-up means a lot of work needs to be done, which means a lot of sacrifices. People who come to your company because they truly believe in the product – they are the best people for the company.
Even though it is smart to use the image of the company as a way to bring people near, it can often ricochet right in the head. When people look at the company which has an interesting and modern office with foosball tables, vivid colors and other unconventional things, they will be impressed. They will see a good company which can guarantee their place under the sun and we all know start-ups aren’t that. Well, at least in the beginning. But, they do have potential to become something special.
The wrong method brings the wrong team
The reason why you can blame a foosball table, air hockey or even free coffee in your office for your start-up’s failure is logical. It is not because those things don’t belong in an office – Game tables are proven to be an excellent anti-stress and bonding device for the entire office. The reason for that is on your team. People who entered your start-up just because you have an incredible office aren’t the right people for your team. People like that will spend most of their work on the game table and their performance will be bad. They will give 70% when they have 150% and they will leave you when you will need them most.
There is a difference between a business and a start-up. A start-up has different investors who expect constant growth. The start-up is an idea, an idea you start to develop once you get a green light. With business it’s different. That is why you have to have the right people around you, the ones who are like you. The right people believe in the idea and won’t leave you at the worse moment.
How to attract the right team?
You will attract the right team with your business plan and not with the fact that you have a cool office. The right team will have a foosball table in the office and use it just occasionally. When they are under stress or after hours when they decide to stay longer and hang out. Those people are prepared for the worse and they are aware of what they are doing.
Every start-up has its ups and downs. That means one month you are giving away bonuses for all your workers, the next month you don’t know where you will get the money for the paychecks. It is a turbulent journey which you won’t survive unless you gather the best team for the job.
You can blame the foosball table and other cool perks as much as you like, but they aren’t the right reason which is killing your start-up. The wrong team is. So, before you start recruiting people with shiny new tables and computers, think about what kind of people will come to your team and you may rethink your recruiting methods.
This post is written by Mark who is a proud owner of a foosball table blog. He loves to write about everything one fooser has to know and if you want to check out his work visit: http://www.foosballzone.com/foosball-table
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