I have worked in 3 startups since my career started, and I know how painful it is to hire people in startups, especially female candidates. It has always been a tough job to maintain healthy sex ratio among employees in startup. Sometimes, it’s so difficult that even reaching breakeven point seems to be
easier. There are some jobs for which female employees are most suitable. It itched my head and longing for the reasons to find out why a female doesn’t want to work in startup.
For this I started asking many of my female friends, like what are their views about working in a startup. One of my friends told me that “I want a risk free standard job with handsome money, which I can get in MNC only.”
My views – I don’t understand why people consider startup as risky job. In fact it is most risk free job, as it takes really long for founders to understand that the new product or service is not going to work out. Also if you adore the product or idea and get passionate you are treated like a blue eyed blonde. If the idea really clicks, you need not worry. You can boast about being a direct connection to likes of Zuckerbergs or Biz Stone So simple J
I have found one interesting blog telling about how startups are risk free (http://www.guglanisam.me/?sort=&search=risk+free)
How will I work among so many men?
This is the biggest mistake women think about. In fact this question has no credibility as you need not have to work really hard if you are the only or
among handful women in office. You will be definitely getting more attention than your peers. But if you believe that if a lady would sneeze, you will find minimum 10 hands with their handkerchiefs, it will be a shock for you. Of course don’t stick to digit 10 as it depends on size of your company. Startup is a fun unlike traditional work environment. People get respect here for their creativity/skill. Gender plays no role.
Is it secure enough to work in such unknown company? I mean I don’t know how the CEO is? I fear if he abuses me physically….
I heard from my colleague, that once one girl came for interview, seeing that the office is in apartment, she ran away from parking only. My answer to above question is – do you think CEO of startups who are tossed by VCs , criticized by family to dare to take different path from other, motivating their employees and proving to the world that he is right and will he have any more energy left to breach the security of another person. Come on! Have empathy for him.
There are many more reasons apart from these which I am still exploring. I would like to end my writing by asking few questions. I know, not all
women think like this, but sadly speaking they are very few in number.
- Is there any way to convince girls who are not joining due to above myths?
- Don’t you think you should give equal opportunity to all companies?
- “Hiring a woman” will it still remain a challenge for a startup?
Help me out to seek answers to these questions….
Disclaimer: This has come straight from my heart and please do not take offense to it
Achal Saraiya – A perennial Startup (www.wic.co.in ) Employee