To stay competitive, modern organizations need a way to educate their employees. Ongoing education improves employee retention and strengthens a company over time. Sharing Fridays is one way we do this at CKR Interactive.
What is Sharing Fridays?
Sharing Fridays is a weekly meeting where the team shares:
- tools and resources
- tips and ideas for process improvements
- team accolades
- questions on project problems
- industry news
The goals of the meetings are to:
- increase communication across teams
- elevate company knowledge
- keep the company current with new trends
- provide space to discuss efficiency improvements
- improve connections with remote team
How does it work?
We set up a dedicated Slack channel called Sharing Fridays. Our team adds comments, questions and links to the channel throughout the week. On Friday, we hop on a Google Meet and eat breakfast, or lunch if you’re on the East Coast. We review each shared item. I ask each participant to explain what they shared and talk about the key takeaways.
After the meeting, I send out a recap email for those who could not attend. This email can be useful for reference.
Where did this idea come from?
I got the idea from Rand Fishkin at Mozcon about five years ago. Rand implemented a weekly video series called Whiteboard Friday. Rand would jump in front of a camera and chat about a topic for 5 minutes. The videos were candid and unpolished. They continue to be highly viewed today. The goal was to provide education for employees and quality content for their blog.
I adapted this concept at my last company and renamed it Sharing Fridays. As soon as I started at CKR, I implemented it here.
Is it really all that great?
Yes. I’ve seen it transform two companies for the better. Talking across teams strengthens employee knowledge and fosters a culture of learning. This learning atmosphere fosters professional growth, which in turn, fosters company success.
Tips for implementation
I encourage you to steal this idea and adapt it for your unique setup. My only advice is to keep it simple. Don’t complicate it by asking people to prepare presentations. Lowering the barrier of entry helps adoption. If you can convince your company to sponsor lunch while you do it, you may see an increase in participation. Everyone needs to eat and people like free food.
Have you implemented something similar? Let us know in the comments.