We often get asked why employees choose to share. While we strongly believe that the willingness to share is inherent to most people, not everyone is willing to share right off the bat.
It is important to understand what motivates our team members, and to highlight the results that are realized when they choose to share. Ultimately, we see people becoming more willing to share when they see what they might get in return.
Here are a few reasons an employee might engage in the sharing process:
- It helps my career
I receive recognition from my peers and my management when I share my winning sales pitch or describe how I made the product launch campaign such a great success. Doing so, will help me to get a great performance review, promotion or even a better, a job on the new skunk works team.
- It is an opportunity for me to gain visibility
In many larger organizations, the opportunity to stand out from my peers is a challenge. By sharing my expertise, I will elevate my personal brand in the organization and get the recognition I deserve.
- It feels good and makes me happy
I spend a lot of my time and energy at work and I would like to feel good about my work, and to experience personal and professional growth. I love to receive kudos for my work and accomplishments. Engaging in helping others to be successful is a very rewarding experience and validates that what I am doing provides value to others on my team and at my company.
As leaders, we need to reinforce the successes that come with sharing. Spotlight how the competitive positioning overview that was shared by Joe helped close the quarter’s biggest deal. Emphasize how Sue’s presentation on the new branding campaign was highlighted by the European team as the primary reason their product launch went smoothly.
In short, as leaders, we need to market the successes that we realize from sharing. Doing so will bring more participants into your knowledge network and feed your organization’s hunger for the meaningful content which directly contributes to your success.