Reddit (like many social platforms) is a social community where users can post text or links. One of its well-known features is called AMA which stands for “Ask Me Anything.” The Reddit community has interviewed politicians, comedians, and others asking them everything from their favorite condiments (Amy Poehler) to the chances of playing 007 (Idris Elba).
The reason I’m mentioning this feature is because I attended a conference several months ago where one of the speakers said that they do AMAs with their senior management team. It’s a great way to allow employees to interact with senior management. Let’s face it, senior management isn’t always available on orientation days. And their video on the onboarding portal sure is awesome but it’s not a substitute for human interaction.
An Ask Me Anything can be conducted at any time. The CEO is in Europe meeting with a potential client? They can still participate.
If you’re wondering how to conduct an Ask Me Anything session, here’s a resource from Mashable – How to Host a Successful Reddit AMA. Since your session will likely be internal, you might not be able to follow it literally but is should provide some creative inspiration.
Even if some employees miss the session, you can always promote the archive for later reading.
As human resources professionals, we need to draw creative inspiration from the activities around us. Like a social platform that has a very engaging activity, for instance. We can ask ourselves, “Would that work? Maybe we should try it out?” Organizations need to try new things to achieve new results.
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