Manager’s Secret Second Calendar
Create a second calendar and set it to be private to you – but have it display in your default calendar view. To this calendar add:
- employee start dates, and set them to repeat annually
- team member birthdays, again with an annual repeat
- milestones such as probation end dates, review dates, or onboarding milestones
With this in hand, you can show that you care – because you do, but it can be hard to keep the details in line. You can also make sure that everyone is getting timely support, for example in my first manager role we did onboarding check-ins at 30, 60 and 90 days – which I really liked and I added those dates to my calendar. When I then onboarded 5 new members of staff in a 6 week period and more than doubled the size of my team in the process, the calendar helped me keep track of all those milestones and not miss anything for any of my valued (but numerous) humans, and ensure I did the best job I could of getting their journey off to a flying start.
(Feel free to add personal reminders to your calendar too if that’s a good place for them, I won’t tell anyone!)
Do you have a favourite calendar hack that helps you appear clued up at work? Please share, I’m always looking for these extra ideas that can make things run more smoothly for me and for my people.
Also published on Medium.