Simple solutions or “one fits all” policies are easy to market by populist governments but they are sometimes at the expense of certain sectors and their people. This time the affected party is innovation and value added services, to a point that puts in jeopardy our (already weak) spot in the global competitiveness landscape.

I’ve always told my teams that I do not hire their time, but rather their talent and potential: their brains, their energy and passion and their willing to make a difference and impact our clients and the world through them. Innovative companies try to get in existing markets and solve things in complete different ways, some go as far as creating new markets from scratch. They all have in common that their mission is extremely hard, sometimes impossible (thus most fail along the way). The key for their success is how they manage to convince their teams that everything they do is not a job, but a religion. They are changing the world and that is something worth spending time and making history.

I can tell if somebody is motivated by their job by looking at their eyes while they talk about their challenges and ideas. Best people don’t work, they play. They make their challenges their hobbies. I’ve had many conversations at 1 am in the office, after some beers and sushi, before even realizing what time it is. Only when a job makes this kind of conditions happen, the wheel of significant value creation really stirs and great things come from it.

It is very hard to create a culture in which people feel so empowered that they are capable of anything. In my experience, it helps granting absolute flexibility. I don’t remember the last time I approved vacations to my team, or I paid attention to their schedules, or the days in which they worked from home or the office. This is not the kind of conversations I want to have with them. My relationship with my team is based on trust, and it is based on one single (often repetitive) conversation: how can we do more and better, how can we grow faster, how can we raise the bar. Little it matters to me whether they contribute to this questions from the beach in Canary Islands or spending many hours in the office.

However, the government today decided that it is a great idea in the 21th century that all companies like ours should make everybody clock in and clock out by law. I’m now obliged to add people’s time and attendance into our conversation. We now have to treat all jobs like production lines in factories (amidst the era of hyper automation and robotization). They go as far as having us registering accurate pauses for lunch. Unfortunately they don’t include how should we manage the time spent in the chill-out area, or when having long coffees in the outside terrace, or spending the afternoon in ping pong championships. Should we clock-in and clock-out every time we do that too?

When I travel I always get asked how is the Spanish ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation developing, I always defend our potential to become a leading actor in science and technology,  besides our current reputation for tapas, toros and siesta. We previously analysed the many initiatives taking place in the city of Barcelona. But my question is: is there anybody in the government actually helping us to make this happen?

The new law will come to place the next 12th of May. At Factorial we developed a free feature, so companies can instantly become compliant with the law. Interestingly enough, almost immediately after launching this feature people started developing tools using our API to automate clocking or connecting it with Slack and other interfaces. It looks like after all there will always be people willing to work on relevant things and not waste their energy in bureaucratic traps.

PD: You can find more information about the law in this article.

Previous ArticleNext Article

This post has 1 Comment

1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A.

ALTERNATIVE PLANS FOR THE MWC WEEK AT ITNIG

The Mobile World Capital and 4YFN have been cancelled! Not only it’s a shame that such a great and needed week won’t be happening, but also it’s a problem for all the people that were counting on it, bought their flights, booked hotels and had everything set to enjoy and make the most out of it. 

Because of this, Itnig is organizing a series of alternative events, workshops and activities that same week. We think networking is the main reason to gather all the entrepreneurs and startup community under our roof. 

Here are the events and activities happening at Itnig’s MWC Alternative Week:

Humans vs. Algorithms – February 24 16:00 – 18:00

Join TEDx speaker, author of “Homo Distractus” and digital wellness thought leader Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina discussing, how to prepare yourself for the future by developing creative thinking. Buy your ticket here.

Startup Networking Breakfast – February 25 10:00-11:30

Enjoy breakfast and coffee in a networking environment full of interesting people.  Come and join us at our Coffice space for  some pastries, coffee, juice, fruits & more.  The ticket includes the  networking breakfast + coworking space for the day. Buy your ticket here

Boosting your code quality with clang tools with Carlos Jimenez Rams – February 25 19:00 – 21:00

This talk will cover some of the different clang tools and how these tools could help you and your team to improve the code quality.  Come to Itnig Coffice to learn more about this topic while also getting to know new people. This event will be free. 

The Phoenix Event – February 26 14:00 – 18:00

This is a networking opportunity for those that were attending MWC or associated events to network, collaborate and do business. Tickets to this event are FREE to each event, but registration is required.

Pitch to Investors SPECIAL EDITION – February 27 18:00 – 21:00

We’re hosting a SPECIAL EDITION for our weekly PITCH TO INVESTORS. This is a pitch session for entrepreneurs to explain their businesses to investors like Bernat Farrero (CEO @ Itnig), Jordi Romero (CEO @ Factorial), Albert Domingo (CEO @ Nextret) or Juan Rodríguez (CEO @ Camaloon). 

You can either attend as a regular attendee or pitch your idea to us! You’ll need to have your ticket in hand, you can buy it here

Networking Mexican Night – MWC alternative party –  February 27, 18:30 – 23:00

Parallel to our Pitch to Investors, we’ll have a Mexican themed networking afterwork. Come to our venue to meet other entrepreneurs and networking with micheladas, nachos & guacamole! Get your ticket here

Afterwork Beers & Networking February 28, 18:30 – 21:30

To end the week properly, we’re making our regular afterwork public! It’s always time for networking, so let’s enjoy a beer, or tow, together at Itnig Coffice. The ticket includes a drink

ATTENTION: Any day of that same week you can come to work in our coworking space from 15€/day. 

So, no time for corona virus fear, let’s enjoy a week full of interesting activities and meet new people to help the community grow! 

Stay tuned for more updates and information, if you’re interested in organizing an event, or if you’re a speaker and don’t have a venue yet, let us know! We’re happy to be able to host and help the community.