Culture is important now more than ever
When we peak behind the curtain of companies that appear to be on a rocket ship to discover the culture is a nightmare it is disturbing. Particularly when the founders are females because there are not enough of us.
Culture should be a priority. And today it is more important than ever. For the amount of time we spend working it should be positive, enjoyable, challenging in a good way and everyone there should feel connected to the company. Happy people make for happy atmospheres regardless of the hard work being done.
Everyone is dealing with the coronavirus differently. It is emotionally draining. Leadership is necessary which means acknowledging how everyone is feeling otherwise it’s just an elephant in the room.
Companies are being forced to cut the headcount. Raising money is going to get more difficult. Pressure will come from boards and the C-team.
Prioritize what you need to do as a founder or a team leader or even an employee and focus on one thing at a time. Be honest about the issues at hand and how tough these times are. Acting like everything is just like it was a month ago is unacceptable.
There will be silver livings for some and not for others but knowing that you rose above the white noise to keep a positive, transparent and understanding culture is now more important than ever.