People Ops Pressure In Lean Startups

by | Sep 14, 2022

Hear The T̶a̶l̶e̶n̶t̶- People – Ep. 2: People Ops Pressure In Lean Startups with Jess Larsen

Over the last few years we’ve seen so many startups scale up and even scale down, always putting pressure on the people ops team, that we wanted to talk about this pressure with the fabulous, Jess Larsen. Currently Jess is Head of People at BEAM, where she leads the people strategy of this Berlin-based startup incubator/company builder. She knows a lot about people ops and startups so the chat was effortless! (See below for the chapters)

Hear The People is hosted by Glenn Martin, founder & director of Never Mind The Job Spec, and me, author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter, facilitator, mentor and speaker.

Video Chapters

01:28 Who is Jess Larsen?

05:26 People pressure in lean startups

07:12 Who do startups hire first?

13:00 Where the people ops team adds value

17:00 The people aspect is the hardest!

18:20 Why the people function exists

19:36 TA & people departments have a reputation problem

20:21 Jess’s advice to people ops in startups

21:30 Networking matters

24:00 When should startups think about compensation & benefits?

27:00 Attracting talent as a startup – flexibility & real development

29:50 Before recruitment

31:30 Hey founders, employees won’t be as motivated as you. Fact.

33:10 Some people are not rockstars and that’s ok

35:25 That founder question that will rarely get the reply you want

39:11 Hardest thing about high growth trajectory

40:26 Alternatives CIPD for HR in startups – AIHR Data

41:11 Design thinking workshops (Glenn plugs me!)

42:14 Plugging Bee Heller’s work

43:06 Do you hiring freeze or just tone it down?

48:20 Are we listening to our own hype about employer brand?

49:58 Employer brand vs talent brand 55:33 Neurodiverse hiring in startups (in 2 mins)

Edition 2 is out! 🥳

Fully updated for 2022, The Robot-Proof Recruiter