April 10, 2017
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5 Ways Startups Are Changing the Professional Landscape

In 2017, startups continue to prove that creativity and speed are the new vital elements of success, according to Omnia, a brand and digital agency based in the UAE.

The difference between startups and corporations are lean processes, ambitious outlook, new technology, and cool office spaces. Now, startups are changing the UAE’s corporate environment. Here’s how startups are influencing traditional offices in the UAE:

1. Effective use of the workforce

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Employees in a startup feel just as invested in the business as its owners so the idea of accountability and creativity is shared. The concept of being a small group is there as well, allowing them to work tirelessly together in order to build something that the company’s leaders also believe in. They know the limits of the company so the lack of resources and the need to succeed quickly pushes the company’s employees to work across different specialties and levels just to get the job done.

Traditional office environments can empower their employees to foster feelings of positivity and loyalty within the company. More progressive companies are breaking down rigid hierarchies/tiers of responsibility. Although, bigger companies need managers and departments for control, leaders down the ladder should foster a closer, tighter sense of community with their teams.

They know the limits of the company so the lack of resources and the need to succeed quickly pushes the company’s employees to work across different specialties and levels just to get the job done.

Entrusting employees with autonomy and confidence to work on their own motivates these individuals and lets them feel like they are being listened to, driving productivity and innovative ideas for the benefit of the company. It also makes full use of each employee’s time, allowing them to develop new skill sets and keep them constantly challenged and engaged.

2. Limiting bureaucracy

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Startup companies operate on a “gain as much as possible” mentality compared to the corporate mindset of keeping the status quo or minimizing loss. Because of this mindset, startups take the route of fast-paced productivity to maximize time and resources in relation to their gains. They accomplish this by having smaller teams with the independence to make quick decisions as long as there’s minimal risk.

Every company out there began as a startup and startups exist because someone had an idea and took a risk.

The result is a highly motivated team who bring innovative ideas and solutions to the company who have been granted independence and respect.

3. Focusing on efficiency

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More variables means more chances for error. That’s the case for larger companies. But in comparison, startups are constantly reevaluating themselves and check where they are being held back because of their size and limitations. They are also constantly checking trends within their respective industries to look for tools to adopt that could help them in their work. Constant self-analysis allows them to course-correct, pushing them to become more efficient.

4. Nurturing talent

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Startups are known for having an environment where employees can feel valued. Because of this, they can feel responsible for the successes that a company accomplishes. All companies and businesses should have adopted this kind of practice within their companies but this is not the case. Larger companies means more people and more people means one can’t look into every detail or person , with responsibilities for overseeing people relegated to more and more people further and further down the corporate ladder. This decreases the significance of each person the further down they are.

Startups are constantly reevaluating themselves and check where they are being held back because of their size and limitations.

Businesses are now competing with startups for recruiting talent and retaining the talent they get. Especially retaining the talent they get. Nurturing talent is only accomplished through smaller teams, creative input and feedback, and challenging these very people to innovate. Empathy and being personal with employees are key to making sure you nurture that talent.

5. Putting creativity first

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Traditional businesses are very corporate-minded in that they focus more on data and the overall picture of the what they try to accomplish. We’re not saying this is unimportant; we’re saying too much focus is given on this part of the process rather than creative process that ensures the company’s continued existence and relevance. Every company out there began as a startup and startups exist because someone had an idea and took a risk.

Granted, they’re calculated risks but they’re risks nonetheless. But they succeeded because people had an idea and refined them until it worked because it’s a new way to do something, or because it met a new demand, or it simply filled a void in the world. There’s so much to be gained from listening to the creative team and giving them attention.