For founders and start-ups managers, here is a list of things that’s beyond what you should expect of your employees.
Being loyal to your cause.
Being as excited about your cause as you are.
Doing extra work without being paid.
Doing basic work without being paid (fairly).
Doing work without recognition.
Doing work that is beyond the job description you’ve hired them for, or the title you have given them.
Putting up with your lack of vision, planning, communication, transparency.
Participating in every after-work activity for team building.
Interpreting uncertainty and change as a free pass for mean managerial behaviour.
Agreeing to the fact that your busyness is more important than their busyness.
Finding answers to questions you don’t even ask.
Carving their way into career development.
Learning by themselves.
Accept that somebody with more experience will come in at some point and start telling them what to do.
If people is really your most important asset, you could start by having a honest look at this list. Leave your excuses on the side for a moment, and mark the items on which you are failing your employees. Ask how you can do better. And then do it.