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!