Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
We have grown as a company since the time we started. We may be a small company in a big market but we have worked with some of the biggest organisations in this country and already have a decent reputation for being a company that delivers great quality on scale. That being said, we need to grow quicker still and at a massive scale. We believe that if we keep doing the right things strategically and in our execution, nothing can stop us from being the most admired & sough-after company in the executive training space – admired for our ability to deliver great training quality on a large scale.
If we do this, there is potential for each one of us to grow financially, intellectually and emotionally – all while doing great work with amazing people in a fabulous environment. Can you think of anything more to ask for as far as your work life is concerned? For every person who joins us, it is important for them to know what we expect from everyone on the team.
While there are many organisations that let people take it slow in the first few months while they get a hang of the company and how it works, we at Work Better function differently. Remember that your first 3 months at Work Better are crucial.
If things seem like they are under control, you are just not going fast enough.
Today is difficult, tomorrow will be worst but day after will be beautiful.
The first few months at Work Better are often the most difficult for people who come on board but once they have been through the first 2-3 months, they end up loving this place and spend a considerable amount of time here. The following section is to prepare you for the journey ahead. Through your frustrations over your first few months here, please refer to this section constantly. Know that some of what we do is with method, and mostly things are done out of our madness! Work Better is a rocket ship – we are growing by 100% a year. We are a startup that’s supposed to grow 5 times its size in one year. There are a huge amount of advantages as far as joining a startup is concerned, which will be communicated to you during the induction. However on the flip side, people don’t have TIME. People are too busy doing real work & getting things done. Therefore, expect the following over your first 3 months at Work Better.
Everything we do with you in the first 3 months stems out of this belief that you learn the quickest when you get on to the job as early as possible. Therefore, we will throw you at the deep end of stuff as early as possible. You may, in fact you will in all probability, feel a little lost to start with. The feeling that we hope most of you will have is that of drowning in work that you don’t know how to handle. And then every day you learn, you ask, you struggle, you abuse us secretly and get the work done. Wrestle with the problems and challenges thrown at you. It’s not going to look pretty; we don’t expect it to. But once you are out of the first 3 months, you will feel confident to handle anything, war included.
The only way people learn is by solving their own problems [refer to Elon Musk’s writing on this]. In the knowledge economy, you are paid to use your grey cells, which includes solving problems. Also, your boss and peers will be flooded with so much work that they won’t have the time to solve your problems, which means “Figure it out” are our go-to words.
We also don’t have the time for this to be a school where we need to teach you everything from scratch. We just don’t have the time. If you are an intern, you better bring your smarts along. If you are an experienced person, you better bring your expertise & maturity to the table. Either way, get with it or get out of the way.
They are really busy getting the job done and working towards their own and the company’s goals. People may come across as slightly curt to start with, like most busy people do. It may also mean they won’t have enough time for you. Learn to live with that. This works as a real advantage later on because no one has the time to interfere in your business. You get a lot of freedom to operate.
Of how your first few months should be. You will judge your experience here in the first week based on what you have been through. Our suggestion is – DON’T. This place is uniquely mad. Comparison is the killer of joy. However, feel free to share best HR, first day, first month practices with us.
If it is, please thank the HR team. If it’s not, please harass the HR team. Either way, figure out your own stuff from Day 1 at Work Better. This is no place to feel shy. The more you assert yourself from the start, the more we love you. Our pace of growth means we run out of office space every 9-12 months. Thus, infrastructural problems are a reality here.
It could be someone junior or senior to you. The buddy is essentially your guide till you find your feet. You could have multiple buddies during the first few months. Please don’t think of it as you reporting to multiple people. It’s your training at Work Better. It’s also about multiple people in the team getting to know you and how you work. If that’s not ok with you and your ego is so large, maybe we are not right for each other.
Please don’t expect immediate camaraderie with your team or boss with the word go. It may or may not happen. Usually, when you spend long hours working together, it ends up building one day at a time. All our people have been asked to make newcomers feel completely at home. If only they actually listened to did so! 😉
We have a very feedback-heavy culture. We expect leaders and peers to give and take feedback all the time. All feedback, whether positive or negative, is given to make you better. That’s the sole intention. Please don’t take the feedback personally. It’s given to serve you and the larger good. Share your feedback with us too – your immediate boss or Swapnil. We may not always agree with your feedback, but we will appreciate and respect it.
Depending on where you have worked previously, you may find our jokes over lunch not funny. Starting with the CEO, you may hear “non-corporate” language used often, so to speak. None of it would be directed at anyone. Most of it will be in jest. However, we know it may take you aback. If anything makes you uncomfortable, please let us know.