My brother-in-law set up Crossnet on the grass overlooking the lake last night.

I hadn’t played before and it was very nuanced. 

It takes anticipation, reaction, touch, skill, height (boy this is easier if you’re tall).  There were a lot of things which weren’t productive (slamming the ball) and others which were very productive (blocking the ball). There was also some good kid fun.

It took a while to figure out the strategy behind what’s productive and what’s not.

Then it was super fun.

It took me a while to figure out what was productive with my OFS.
Here are some thoughts.
There isn’t magic here.  I’m not “the expert” about this…these are just things I’ve done and seen others do.

1. Keep them busy.  If they have idle time, they’ll fill it with something else. Another job. A hobby. Their family. Once someone is used to working less, it’s hard to get them to drop the other responsibilities they picked up while they were idle.

2. Give them responsibilities. If someone is in charge of a project, they’re more likely to take initiative. With this there’s always the caveat: They have to trust you first.

3. Give recurring tasks. Things that can always be done. SEO. Data entry. Research…

4. Ask them how busy they are.

5. Ask them what they think they can do or what they would like to do for you.

6. Be available. Give feedback. Follow up on projects. 

It’s not rocket science.