5 Ways to Make Startup a Rewarding Workplace
This Case Slide, based on The Economic Times slide show analyzes the various ways suggested to make a startup a rewarding workplace. The case slide helps understand the meaning of a rewarding workplace before delving into the significance of the same. It enables an in-depth analysis of ways such as outlining a purpose, getting the latest technological tools, putting people first, being a hands-on leader and creating a tradition, that help in creating a rewarding workplace. From the analysis, what comes out is the paramount role of the leader in building a rewarding startup workplace.
Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding
- • Stephen P. Robbins, et al., “Organizational Culture”, Organizational Behavior, 15th Edition, Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2013
- • Stephen P. Robbins, et al., “Leadership”, Organizational Behavior, 15th Edition, Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2013
- • Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid
Suggested Reading for the Faculty
- • Cynthia A Montgomery, “Putting Leadership Back into Strategy”, Harvard Business Review, January 2008
- • Joan Magretta and Nan Stone, What Management Is: How it Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business, Free Press, December 25th 2012
- • Emma Seppälä and Kim Cameron, “Proof that Positive Work Cultures are More Productive”, Harvard Business Review, December 1st 2015
Case Positioning and Setting
This Case Slide can be used in:
- • Executive Development Program in the Organizational Behavior course to understand the ways to create rewarding workplaces, at startups in particular and also appreciate the significance of the same
- • MBA Program in Entrepreneurship module
Suggested Orchestration of this Case Slide
As this Case Slide comes with an unique format of case discussion questions, the following are suggested to have impactful and intended learning outcomes:
The Case Slide can either be shared with the participants/students before the classroom discussion/analysis or the Case Slide can be shown directly in the classroom (which would require little more time) as per the requirement.
- • Organize a slide show of the PPT and encourage the participants/students to read very carefully every word in each of the slides. Should there be any need, the participants may be encouraged to write down the content of the slides. Some words in each of the slides are highlighted to do “connecting-the-dots” exercise during the course of classroom analysis of this case slide
- • Slides 1–7 come with only the text without any questions, followed by Questions for Discussion from Slide 8
- • Slides 9–15 contain the questions for each of the earlier slides with each of the slide’s original content displayed on the top portion of the slides.
- • The students/participants should be encouraged to read through (write down, if required) each of the questions given in the Slides 9–15
- • After showing the Slides 9–15, the faculty may go back to each of the slides from 9th slide onwards to have an elaborate discussion/analysis for each of the questions in each slide
- • This teaching note captures how each of the slides can be analyzed/discussed in the classroom and for sure it’s not an exhaustive way of either discussing or analyzing. This teaching note provides certain cues, based on our classroom discussion, for discussing this Case Slide
Preamble to the Case Slide Analysis
Case Slides are very brief cases prepared based on a PPT mode with very little text followed by relevant questions. Given the fact that the information is very little, enough care should be taken to ensure that the given text is interpreted in as many possible ways a faculty can. The accompanying questions do accomplish this objective in some measure. However, they are never meant to limit the scope of discussion in the classroom. Case Slides epitomize the philosophy of “less is more”.
This case slide, based on ‘5 ways to make startup a rewarding workplace’, is an attempt to sensitize the participants (preferably with reasonable work experience, including in startups) to the importance of making any startup’s workplace highly rewarding for the employees. The discussion on this case slide can be orchestrated by analyzing the questions of each case slide sequentially. The same has been summarized in the discussion dashboard [Exhibit (TN)-I].............