A best practice of successful managers involves meeting with the team regularly. The research shows that meeting weekly keeps energy high, increases productivity, and keeps employee engagement strong.
These meetings must contain certain key elements in order to be successful.
A recent survey BetterManager conducted with 1000 managers revealed that 48% of managers hold weekly team meetings. This statistic is a bit alarming, because how are those team’s objectives integrated into the organization? How do individual employees understand how their contribution fits into the organization’s goals?
BetterManager serves a number of companies in the tech sector. We find that many of our companies have employees all over the world — making it challenging for conducting team meetings.
Julia Austin, Senior Lecturer in Business Administration at Harvard Business School, offers tips for the timing of meetings. She asks, “Is your team scattered across multiple time zones? Find a time that’s mutually convenient for all team members. Do you find the meetings always run over? Schedule them for an extra 30 minutes — and end early if you can. Do team members have family responsibilities in the morning or after work? Don’t schedule meetings that conflict with these obligations if it can be avoided.”
Often, a quick video done by the manager and distributed to all team members can serve to unite the team. It doesn’t replace the benefit of face-to-face meetings (done in person or on video conferencing), but it can help direct reports feel connected to the manager and the work.
Here are a few best practices identified by BetterManager for maximizing everyone’s time and productivity:
By adopting these best practices, you demonstrate:
Click here for BetterManager’s Guide to Executing Effective Meetings.