In Kindergarten, we learn that sharing is caring. And for most people this follows them all through their lives, even into the professional sphere. But as an employee manager, is sharing really caring?
At a certain point, you can give too much. Managers and Business Owners often end up burnt out because they give too much. But there is one aspect of team management and employee management that this concept definitely applies to: productivity!
When Sharing IS Caring
Let me be clear, I don’t mean that you should take their work off their plate because you’re more productive. What I do mean is that you should share the tools you use for your own productivity with employees.
How I Figured This Out
I’ve spent the last 6-7 years writing Stephanie’s blogs. Not creating the actual content, but giving her time to focus on other tasks by turning her vlogs into actual blogs.
At this point I don’t even know how many blogs I’ve written out of her content. Somewhere upward of 300 at least. But what I discovered is that writing her blogs gave me insight into the productivity tools she uses. Dictating and reorganizing her video content to have blog and SEO-Friendly structure helped me pick up on her productivity habits, which have carried over into every other area of my life.
It was in large part due to picking up on her productivity habits that I achieved high marks in college, and then earned a raise less than 2 months after moving to work full-time for Grow Disrupt.
Don’t worry, I know you’re not having all of your employees building out blogs based on your educational content. It’s not feasible for building employees that propel your business forward in growth. But here’s how you can apply it: Productivity Meetings.
Once a month or every other week, have the whole team sit down for half an hour to an hour. Have them bring their challenges or different productivity hacks to the table to discuss and exchange ideas so that they have more tools at their fingertips for maximizing their time and energy. If a project is particularly challenging, have them bring it to the table and mastermind a few different ways for them to get it done. If they’ve found something works especially well for them productivity-wise, have them share that tip with the rest of the team.
But don’t keep all your productivity tools to yourself. Because the better equipped your team is to be productive, the more quickly you’ll find your business growing into its success.
About the Author:
Susannah Scheller is the Technology Director and Engagement Curator for Grow Disrupt, and was the first permanent hire made by Stephanie! She has spent countless hours studying the world of business under Stephanie, and has over 5 years of experience in content creation and Technology Execution. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Music, she has begun devoting her focus to the creation of content that helps to support small business owners’ company growth the world over.