Hiring the Right Talent in a Gaming Start-Up 0

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Hiring the right-fit employees can be a significant milestone for any start-up since good talent is what gives companies a competitive advantage over their rivals. It thus becomes imperative to develop a comprehensive HR policy that will help gaming startups to hire suitable candidates, shape the corporate culture, and adapt to changing corporate realities and employee needs.

In the early stages of a start-up, there is very little time spent on areas other than product development and engaging with users. However, as hiring begins and the team is built, there are HR fundamentals worth investing in place. Human Resource strategies are integral to the survival of any business, especially start-ups, and can help them in scaling quickly while eliminating any unforeseen circumstances down the road.

Ready to Learn

According to the IT industry association NASSCOM, India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is very strong and ranks among the top three in the world. A common theme that runs across all startups is that they have a volatile environment that demands thinking on your feet and quick decision-making. In such a setting, empowerment goes a long way in a growth-oriented setup. Human resources play a key role in the entire process of identifying, selecting, attracting, and retaining the top talent. Adapting to the changing environment and being a pioneer is a key aspect of successful entrepreneurship, and human resources must play a role in preparing for this. In the current pandemic situation, whether it be a large corporation or an SME, all are adopting industry best practises to improve employee experience in the workplace and ensure smooth business operations. During this period, it can be difficult for start-ups to survive with limited resources. In such situations, it becomes imperative to develop a comprehensive HR policy that will keep organizations on track while improving employee retention and morale.

The Culture Fit

At Gameskraft, with a headcount of over 300 employees, our focus has been on building the fastest-growing online gaming company. Hiring the right fit for the organization and its context is of utmost importance. People thrive in environments where one can work with ambiguity, thus establishing such an environment at the workplace is also important. The focus should be on creating a culture that is focused on the ownership, customer centricity, respect for one another, and working together towards achieving one common goal. Talent always considers the reputation of the company before applying for a position, and most employees prefer to be part of an organization with a great and progressive culture.

The focus should be on creating a culture that is focused on the ownership, customer centricity, respect for one another, and working together towards achieving one common goal. Talent always considers the reputation of the company before applying for a position, and most employees prefer to be part of an organization with a great and progressive culture.

New Perspectives

From an internal and external perspective, the diversity of the workplace also brings a wealth of benefits. When recruiting people of different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, genders, and cultures, new perspectives emerge. This can help in better problem solving and increased productivity. At Gameskraft, hiring is done smartly so that everyone has the opportunity to learn from their team members. Most of our workforce is in their 20s and have never worked in the gaming industry before. We believe a young pool of talent will contribute their unique perspectives in such a way that can lead to breakthroughs in thought.

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The Ideal Initial Team: The RiskTakers 

Hiring an early set of employees can be exciting and a significant milestone for any start-up. As the company develops beyond the founding team, every new member of the team can fundamentally change the company’s DNA. During this process, the greatest contribution HR can make is to shape the corporate culture itself. Inspiring goals, values that guide behaviour, and a work environment that allows people to think about how to make a positive contribution to the organization can be long-term goals for startup HR departments. Building a successful startup can be challenging. There is a need to develop the right product at the right time and have sufficient resources available to enable you to outgrow your competitors. Considering that the gaming industry is highly competitive and technologically advanced, building a great team has been a prerequisite where employees get excited about their work and are passionate about the problems they’re solving for their audience. Employees should be the best brand ambassadors one could ask for and at Gameskraft, we are looking to add to our talent base by hiring graduates and postgraduates from universities and colleges. For individuals who are excited about solving problems and making an impact, and having the freedom to think out of the box while constantly learning and improving, then a start-up work environment could just be the right fit.

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Hiring an early set of employees can be exciting and a significant milestone for any start-up. As the company develops beyond the founding team, every new member of the team can fundamentally change the company’s DNA. During this process, the greatest contribution HR can make is to shape the corporate culture itself.

The Changing Roles of HR in the Pandemic

In this scenario, the human resources department in start-ups must wear several hats at different stages of the organization. It is responsible for hiring suitable candidates, fostering a culture of ownership and accountability, and adapting to changing corporate realities and employee needs. To do all of this, the HR department needs to be a mentor to young leaders and often needs to act as a listener for employees trying to deal with ambiguity. HR practices of organizations that demonstrate that they have a strong will to grow and the capacity to adapt to the trending culture of the industry will thrive in these challenging times.

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Human Resources Business Partner at Gameskraft Malvika Varma is the Human Resources Business Partner at Gameskraft. An alumna of XLRI Jamshedpur, she comes with a decade of experience in HR.

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