When you start a job at Boxed, the $100-million startup that ships household items in bulk by mail, orientation involves a task some may not have expected.
Whether you're a new software engineer, marketing assistant, C-suite level executive or anyone else who usually works at a desk, you're sent out to work a shift at the company's fulfillment center. CEO and co-founder Chieh Huang, who used to tape boxes himself, insists on it.
"My management style is one of inclusion," Huang told CNBC Make It at CNBC's iConic conference in New York, "meaning we're all one team no matter if you're making an hourly wage at the fulfillment center floor, if you're a C-staffer from a public company."
Employees are scheduled for a shift helping pack boxes, track orders and oversee machinery alongside fulfillment center employees, and the visiting employees don't receive special treatment, the CEO says.