Why we don’t have all-in working contracts
I am a big fan of giving people the freedom they need because I am convinced that providing freedom makes people the most creative and productive version of themselves.
While many corporates still don’t get it, I think many startups do it right. They accept and realize that not burning your team members out will significantly increase output and performance quality.
In our case, we set the rule that having overtime of up 20 hours overall is fine, but as soon as you pass those 20 hours, you and your lead got to sit down and talk about how to get you some time off.
Why 20 hours?
Because it can get very stressful sometimes, and you should give your best to achieve the best possible output when getting closer to a deadline. But still, there is a limit overall.
Only leadership positions have all-in contracts in our team. And you know why we have all-in contracts for them? Because leads have many responsibilities, sometimes it can be a lot at once.
So we decided that those team members shouldn’t care about overtime and the limit of 20 hours overall. They should do whatever it takes to get their team going while focusing on the best execution.
Still, we are supporting them, advising them when it could be a good phase to take some time off, and talking to them as soon as we see they are having a stressful time on the road.
All in all, guess what — candidates with whom we have job interviews are excited that we, as a young company, appreciate work-life balance so much.
Many candidates out there would take significant cuts in their salary just because they want to have more freedom in life.