There is one place where you can look to see what teams and employees value; their calendar.
When I have something I need to check EVERY week. I put a reminder on my calendar. When someone else is supposed to do something every day, I put a “check if” on my calendar.
This is done for a myriad of reasons.
Primarily to make sure it is done. If it’s on my calendar, it’s likely that the company image, brand or perception is influenced. And those things are my responsibility.
Secondarily to make sure there is a deadline. If we don’t do it by a certain date, we see slippage of projects or other related goals.
Then there are other benefits like planning out-of-office coverage or letting my replacement know what’s important to do regularly. It can also be a great way to share with teams and leaders what is important and necessary to keep out company operational.
Let me provide a counterexample.
In order to maintain our business relationship with an analyst firm, we hold regular meetings (bi-weekly). Once it is off my calendar, I’m no longer making time for that relationship.
So how do you do this?
At my company, we make a practice of sharing our calendars openly. Want to see the things they value? Simply scroll ahead a couple months and see what’s still there.
Take the challenge:
Does your calendar show what you’re making time for? Share how you streamline everyday work by commenting below!