This article is a lightly-edited summary of the key takeaways from our speakers’ appearance on our podcast, “The Shape of Work.” If you haven’t listened to our show yet, be sure to check it out here. These speakers have an incredible stable of startup experiences to draw from, the kind of stories that are unbelievably helpful for HR/people managers to hear.
On this episode of The Shape of Work podcast, we have Oleksander Danylenko. After serving as a Finance Manager at Inter Cars Ukraine and Engineering Manager at Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines, he became the co-founder of Boodmo. It is India’s largest online marketplace for spare automobile parts.
GUEST AT A GLANCE:
Name of the guest: Oleksander Danylenko
What he does: Co-founder of Boodmo.
Find him on LinkedIn.
Get Smart: “Even you have really dedicated people to communicate with people, you cannot avoid your role as a leader and to deliver as a communication, the culture of openness and transparency to people.”
In this episode, you will get valuable insights into:
- The role of employee engagement and workshops in enhancing the work culture.
- Hiring candidates without formal education.
- Overcoming communication barriers in your workspace.
- The new parameters of hiring.
How do employee engagement activities and workshops enhance the work culture?
When the company is starting, you can conduct any activities to improve the work etiquette. It also helps to understand the attitude of your employees towards work and culture. But for a bigger company with more than 50 employees, it is a challenge to be in touch with everyone. Oleksandr’s company has direct subordinates and well-educated HR teams to convey the work culture of a place among the employees. Regular activities inside the office are essential to a healthy work environment.
The certification of ‘Great Place to Work’ is important. However, some attention or recognition can turn out to be more significant and fruitful. When you hire freshers, most of them leave after some time to try out new things. But it is a good sign when they come back to your company. It speaks a lot about the company by itself.
Hiring candidates without a formal education:
Education should not be a roadblock in hiring the right candidate. An uneducated person may have some brilliant talent and ideas. Self-learning matters here. If people educate themselves, the industries should accept them regardless of formal education. Formal education is just a certification of the degree. Past experiences, attitudes, skill sets are more important.
Overcoming communication barriers in the workplace:
Communication is required to bridge the distance between people. In general, Boodmo conducted weekly meetups. However, the screens can reduce the efficiency of communication. Hence, currently, these meetups take place every alternate day. Talking to colleagues, teammates, and the manager more often is much needed.
Responsibility of the founder or people manager in ensuring the smooth flow of the organization:
As a managing director or the founder, you have to choose what you want to excel in.
Good communication is always required. Even if you have a dedicated team to communicate with your employees daily, you cannot avoid your role as the founder. You need to deliver a culture of openness and transparency in the organization.
As the company grows, you may hire specialists. However, you cannot overlook soft skills like communication. The people you hire should be well-trained in this segment to avoid confusion. The higher you grow, your technical skills become less important. Social skills stand in a more significant position.
The new parameters of hiring:
Hiring has become riskier. People give a test or interview, but their true character reveals only when they come to the office. That is when the company can figure out if they are a good fit for the company. We are social beings and need face-to-face interaction. Lack of travel and interaction has definitely changed the situation.