Here at Funding Gates, we take a bit of a novel approach to tackling to-do lists and productivity- our team embraces nagging! Now before you run for the hills, we think nagging has gotten a bad rep over time. It’s actually quite a misunderstood persuasive technique! You can actually harness the power of nagging for good– it increases team bonding and team wide productivity! We’ll let you in on the secret of how we use nagging to rapidly accomplish our goals and to keep our whole team up to speed on all the exciting, ongoing projects here at Funding Gates.
The Nature of A Nag
First off, “nagging” is actually defined as “repetitious behavior, continuously urging an individual to complete previously discussed requests or act on advice. A form of persistent persuasion that is more repetitive, rather than aggressive”. We particularly love the definition of nag, as it characterizes the act as “continuous urging”! As you can see, at its core, nagging is really just a repeated reminder, or check in.
Singular reminders are only partially helpful in a workplace setting. They depend quite a lot on luck! It’s up to total chance that your reminder reaches its target at an ideal time, when action can be taken. In today’s busy workplace such an “ideal time” is becoming less and less likely of an outcome.
Meanwhile, consistently reminding and urging a team member is more likely to result in success- the task being completed! By consistently following up with a team member, or inquiring as to their progress, you open the door to a productive conversation about the task. Increasing opportunities for discussions like this can be particularly valuable in the event your co worker is running into trouble, or is unsure about what the next step should be.
By periodically broaching the subject, or nagging, you will identify a potential problem or roadblock much earlier than if you waited until the due date to inquire as to the progress. The Funding Gates team’s approach to successful “nagging” has two key components: public to-do lists and team-wide participation.
How To Implement Nagging
The first step is to ensure all your team’s objectives and to-dos are public facing. This way, everyone is aware of what the rest of the team is hoping to accomplish this week.
You can either dedicate a large white board to listing out the week’s goals or create a shared document using Google Drive or OneDrive, or even DropBox. If monthly goals work better for your business, focus on those instead. The key to creating nag-able to-dos and objectives is to ensure they are specific, action-oriented, and detailed enough so other team members can understand them (no codes or overly vague goals).
Team Wide Nagging
From here, our team encourages all members to inquire as to how various projects are going throughout the week. Even interns can nag the co-founders! Team wide nagging will help increase your team’s communication all around, which is always a plus when it comes to fostering a creative and innovative work environment. As an added plus, your team members will likely feel a bit more pressure to complete their tasks when they know they’re being held accountable for it
Remember, good workplace “nagging” is friendly, calm, and serves more as a check-in than an order for another member to complete their task. All members of the team can “nag” one another, so the conversation is an equal one, not a power struggle. The ultimate key to successfully implementing nagging with your team is to make sure that you emphasize the friendly and “continuous urging” components of this philosophy. So get out there and take things to the next level- with nagging!