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Are meetings driving you mental?

Are meetings driving you mental? (Last Updated On: June 3, 2015)

A company’s performance, productivity and profitability, can it all be attributed to dynamic meetings? According to the Robert Half Workplace Survey, 34-per-cent of meetings are deemed a waste of time. The software company, Altlassian, reported that they lost $37 billion dollars in unproductive meetings and lost salary hours.

Mundane meetings which are concreted into outlook calendars can result in a lack of vitality, flexibility and innovation. In your business, do you host the same meetings week in and week out? Do you feel like you are experiencing deja vu on a weekly basis?

Perhaps it is due to your employees not performing or not appropriately driving these meetings. A lack of encouragement from managers to think outside the box could be to blame.

How do you transform drudgery into meaningful advantage?

  1. Invite a guest; a fresh face in a weekly meeting can really bring upon new ideas and a different perspective.
  2. Keep meetings short; if presentations are kept to 10-15 minutes you can carve out the boring stuff and really get a discussion going surrounding the topic at hand. Just think of a presentation similar to a Ted Talk which provokes discussion rather than sitting and just listening for long periods.
  3. Start with a warm up or an icebreaker; nominate a ‘win of the week’ or a ‘learning of the week’ this is a great way to engage the group and lighten the mood from the get-go.
  4. Instead of an agenda have the meeting based around a goal; this enables the meeting to have a drive and a feeling of accomplishment.
  5. Have attendees read the same article related to the topic of discussion to provoke thoughts; this will enable the whole group to provide input. Those who are the quiet achievers are then provided the opportunity to speak about their views on the article.
  6. Most importantly when a meeting is called always strive for staff development and training.

Research shows that employers who focus on staff development and their training improve productivity, the relationships between colleagues, and employee loyalty. These three aspects of managing staff will minimise employment issues. By implementing employment policies such as a capability procedure, your staff will be able to maintain the required standard of performance. Employers need to encourage and give time to employees to improve and foster a company’s standard of performance. Changes to meetings and using these techniques is a good start.

If your employees are struggling to meet your companies desired standard and you wish to discuss implementing a capability procedure into your employee handbooks, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415.

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