There’s been a discussion in the office recently about hidden talents at work and whether we’re making the most of them.
Think about your colleagues – you know their names and their roles and maybe you chat to them in the kitchen now and then. But do you know what they’re good at? I don’t mean their jobs, I mean their own personal passions.
Because once you get to talking to them about things beyond work or the daily commute, you quickly realise that people are a lot more talented than we think and that we rarely acknowledge. And that’s bad for business.
Why? Because staff can be fired up about their particular interest, and that could be an untapped strength. And because, as we wrote in our ‘work life balance / work life blend’ blog, there’s a shift in the way we work – now it’s longer hours, plus an ‘always-on’ involvement with the job.
So why don’t bosses employ more of the person instead? Think about it. We’ve got all these talents and abilities, all these memories and insights and only the tiniest part, the narrowest bandwidth, is used in the office.
Maybe you’ve got an IT person that likes to bake and has an eye for design because of all the icing they do. Perhaps there’s a finance admin that’s a talented photographer and can take stills for your catalogues and websites, or a marketing maven that tinkers with computers at home and knows exactly what your office system needs…
Here’s an example of how a pooling of passions can help to raise your company profile. I have to say, though, that this company is already well known, but the ‘office ice-breaker’ ideas are true for any business, big or small.