Train people well enough so that they can leave. Treat them well enough so they choose not to.

Categories: Entrepreneurship

At Pinheads, a video and animation turned educational technology company, staff are encouraged to leave the company. No, we’re not kidding!

“We always tell our staff that we don’t want them to stay at the staff level. We do hope that one day they can grow out to be business owners,” shares Niki, the Chief Operating Officer and partner at Pinheads. 

“We’ve nurtured a lot of people whom we felt would be good to start up their own business arm. For example, if they are good at video, they start a video arm. If they’re good at 3D, they start a 3D arm,” she explains. 

Nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset and the emphasis on growing their staff has been the norm at Pinheads for a long time. The founders themselves blazed their own path as entrepreneurs, and want their staff to be able to do the same. 

Something notable about Pinheads is the demographics of their staff. There is a strong focus on nurturing young people, with 70 to 80 per cent of their staff starting out from an internship level. While other companies may shy away from fresh graduates and younger staff for fear of inexperience, Pinheads is the complete opposite. 

Staff at Pinheads slowly but surely find themselves on an upward trajectory, going from interns to developers to leads. Niki can attest to this, speaking from personal experience: “For myself, I started off as a junior developer, then I worked my way up to a project manager, then a team lead, and then operations manager, and now I’m one of the partners.”

“We appreciate young talent because they bring a breath of fresh air to the company,” explains Niki. With their attitude towards growing young talent and nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit, it’s no wonder that this company has grown swiftly – from just 5 members in the beginning to the 25 on their team currently. 

Would you join a company like Pinheads? We’re pretty sure we would!


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