When things get hectic – an unusual customer demand arises, staffing is tight or an unexpected problem demands your attention – it’s tempting to let your regularly scheduled staff meeting fall by the wayside.
Don’t do it.
Even if a major crisis occurs, try to have at least a short, well-organized meeting. In some ways, it may be more important during these times than ever. But the point is: Staff meetings need to happen, regardless of the circumstances or time of year. They greatly enhance the communication efforts that make up the foundation of any department or work group. Employees who can count on consistent meetings with their managers and fellow team members feel a greater ownership of their work. Along with that comes a greater sense of trust for leadership and for one another.
More Reasons for Regular Staff Meetings
Since people spend a significant portion of their time at work, it’s important to make them feel they are part of the overall success of their company as it meets its ongoing goals. When staff meetings are conducted regularly, professionally and in a manner that encourages all attendees to participate, an organization reaps the benefits of having a solid work team where trust is earned through productive interaction. Staff meetings:
- Keep everyone informed. They allow individuals to share with everyone on their team, face to face. The entire group hears the same message at the same time, and everyone has a chance to contribute. (Note: As a manager, be sure to solicit input from every meeting attendee.)
- Are vital for problem solving. Staff meetings provide a venue to share issues and concerns and work with others to address them.
- Serve as a venue for performance feedback. Staff meetings help ensure that everyone is on track to succeed. Working together to hit targets is a critical aspect of any organization’s success. Direct feedback helps employees know when they’re doing well and when they need to improve.
- Provide training opportunities. When a team meets, it’s a chance for everyone to learn new skills and develop existing ones – and for management to understand the depth and level of those abilities. Internal and external subject matter experts can be brought in to discuss key topics and provide insight.
- Allow employees to be part of the decision-making process. Managers who utilize staff meetings as communication tools open up a door for employees to share their opinions, ideas and work experiences with one another on a regular basis. Everyone plays a role in driving future plans and setting direction.
If you need further tips on developing your industry-leading workforce through effective communications and other talent management techniques, turn to the PrideStaff Modesto team of experts. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.