Utilizing Your Employees’ “Other” Talents

Do you know what your employees do off the clock?

I’m not talking about personal things that you don’t really want to know about. I’m talking about talents they have that may be useful at work.

  • Does your team member know how to write and you have a writing project you could use some help with?
  • Do you have a budding photographer on your team that can take some pictures for your social media page or your marketing brochures?
  • Is there a member of the group that is a semi-professional organizer and can help you clean up that office supply closet you are always avoiding?

I know there are some restrictions with using employees on a contract basis, but I am looking at this more from a team building angle than a business venture. If your photographer is willing to take some shots for the social media page on the Halloween party you had, then let them enjoy what they do and share it with the rest of the team. This and other ideas are types of things that can motivate your team and show them how invested you are in them.

Transfer of Skills

I had an administrative assistant come to me and ask if there were any projects she could help with in the “writing category”. She had experience writing articles for a newsletter at another organization she worked at. It just so happened that I was starting a monthly employee newsletter the next month. I worked with her manager to see if this would affect her workload and we worked out a schedule for her to help me with writing some fun and interesting articles about after work activities in the different neighborhoods around town. She also researched the annual summer fairs and posted the dates for our employees which they appreciated for things to do on the weekends. I was happy to have the help and she was happy to be writing again.

Make Me a Movie Please

Another example is when I wanted to create a short video for our recruiting page and I found out that one of my employees did documentaries on the side. They were excited to film the video for me. It was very professional and we posted it on our social media site and hired several employees off it.

Sharing is Caring

Maybe try a “Vendor Day”. What is this? Well, on one day of the month, maybe a Friday, set up a table at work and let people bring in a sample of what they do. I realize there are non-solicitation policies out there but you can stipulate that the team member can only bring a sample and some business cards so they can sell their homemade gifts and treasures outside of the work schedule.

If not a vendor day, you can definitely do a talent show as a team building event if you have the chance to go on a team retreat.

Team retreats are great for working on the next years goals and at the same time get to know your team mates as people, not just workers. I would love to hear about team building ideas you have done or skill transfer breakthroughs you have had on your teams. Please put a comment below for consideration!

Recruiting, Ugh, right?!?

I know what you’re thinking, “I’m doing everything I can think of!” Well, let’s put those ideas aside for now and see what else is out there. Now I already know that some of you have budget constraints, technological barriers, or you are an HR team of one. Let’s see what we can do to help you all. If we keep listing ideas, there might be something new that will work for you and your organization.

The Basics

  • Recruiting Software
  • Job sourcing websites
  • Job Fairs (internal and external)
  • Company websites
  • Company social media sites
  • LinkedIn sites professional and personal

Let’s start with Job Fairs. Are you doing them? I am sure it depends on the industry you are in. What are you doing at them? Are we sitting behind a six foot table not engaging with the candidates or are we on our feet out in front of the table greeting and talking with potential hires?

Are you passing out any information? Swag? I found a great tool in a small logo’d zipper pouch that my business card fits into along with a piece of candy of course! It is a bright color, simple, small, and something that reminds them of me when they get home. Of course I pass out other pertinent materials and encourage them to write their contact information down so I can thank them for stopping by.

What does your table look like?

Is your table covered with a plain white table cloth and white paper to put names and numbers on? Is the table covered with a cloth at all?

Please make sure that you use either your company colors or a bright tablecloth to stand out from the competition. You can also purchase a relatively inexpensive smaller banner cloth with your company logo or name on it. Purchase some display cases with and 8 x 10 flyer listing your open positions or current hiring bonuses. Candy is always a nice give-away as well as some type of branded gift.

Elevator Speech

Definition: A slang term used to describe a brief speech that outlines an idea for a product, service, or project. Usually 20-60 seconds in length. Do you have one?

Here is how to create one:

  • List what you do for the company and who you are
  • List what service or jobs you can offer them
  • What are the advantages of working for your company
  • Why do you differ from other companies
  • Fine tune your speech
  • Make sure the sentences flow
  • Memorize it
  • Practice, Practice, Practice!

Example: Hi! My name is Lisa Gallucci and I am the HR Director here at James Company. I have sixteen openings right now in several departments including facilities, accounting, customer service, and environmental services. We offer 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision for our employees. Please feel free to write down your contact information here and we can set up a tour!

Now you have given them a bunch of information about what you are offering, what you can offer them and you have received their contact information to follow up with them. Great job! Stay tuned for discussions on other recruiting ideas. Ciao for now!