Challenges for today’s work environment and how we as an employer can contribute to the betterment of society

From my perspective, the biggest challenges for today’s work environment are globalisation, digitalisation and automation. Employees are often unsettled and see these topics as threats: Will they affect my work? And will my job position be safe in the future? In this post I’d like to share my thoughts about how we meet these challenges at Testbirds.

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We want you! How to find good talent as a start-up

Finding the right people is one of the biggest challenges for start-ups. First, there was only us three founders, we were small and not (yet) well-known. You cannot attract people with a big name at that stage. So, how can you find, not only good talent, but the right people for your company? There are a few things I’ve learned from past years of recruiting:

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Step by step: How to create an evolutionary organisation

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As part of my blog series about our organisation principle Orga 4.0, I’d like to share some thoughts today about creating a company that is constantly changing its structure – an evolutionary organisation. All companies sooner or later go into large restructuring and change processes. These large, time-consuming processes become necessary when parts of the structure don’t work anymore, in order to keep the organisation healthy and prosperous. Once one of these changes has been completed, often the organisational structure becomes outdated and the whole thing starts all over again.

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Orga 4.0: From start-up to scale-up with a different organisational structure

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In the past years as a founder the growth of our company has brought some interesting challenges. One of them was communication in the company – it’s a big difference if you start with only three founders, then have a small team and ultimately work in several physical offices. Every step requires a different form of communication and I would like to share some learnings I have drawn from this experience.

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Like a group of friends: How to make smart decisions in a growing company

Decision Making

Today, I’d like to share some insights about decision-making. At Testbirds, this is the first of our four “principles of organisation” – which we call “Orga 4.0”. As we’ve grown, we’ve needed to consider how to maintain a flat hierarchy without compromising our ability to make decisions efficiently. Who should be the decision-maker? Is that always the responsibility of the founders? Surely not. Majority vote? Also not. Middle management? We don’t have it and we don’t believe in it (see my previous article on that). Instead, we asked ourselves how the best decisions are made: by having all the relevant information, being able to understand the consequences of your decisions and aiming for the best outcome for your team and the company as a whole.

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Wie Gründer von scheinbaren Investoren gefressen werden – Kommentar von Testbirds Gründer und Geschäftsführer Philipp Benkler

„Die Höhle der Löwen“ – so heißt das neue TV-Format auf VOX, in dem Gründer fünf auserwählten Investoren ihre Geschäftsidee pitchen. Die Investoren entscheiden dann, ob sie zu den Bedingungen der Gründer alleine bzw. gemeinsam einsteigen oder sich nicht beteiligen.
Eine Chance für junge Start-ups? Oder vielleicht doch bereits der Todesstoß, bevor man überhaupt so richtig begonnen hat?
So denkt der Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Testbirds, Philipp Benkler, über die Sendung.

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