Credit card processor Square's COO Keith Rabois quit last month because of legal threats from a colleague with whom he had a two-year romantic relationship. This highlights the risks of a loose startup culture that has few of the rules and boundaries that typically exist inside more established companies. Square had about 30 employees when Rabois joined the company and 400 when he left.
This comes as bad news for many founders. Ultimately, it's hard to grow successfully into a larger business without addressing the traditional issues via a company manual. A function of HR is usually to write guidelines around employee dating, "artwork" in cubicles and the serving of alcohol. These changes are either driven by outside investors or threats of lawsuits from employees.
You need to be proactive so you can protect what you're building. When there's more than one employee, use HR manual software to write the first version of a guide, which can evolve as your company grows.
Do you have an employee manual?
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