One of the most difficult tasks as a manager supervising a team of employees is engaging all employees to ensure that all team members are happy, working harmoniously together towards the same goal and, for the most part, are fulfilled in their job position. The happier an employee is working for your organization, the more productive and efficient they will be. Often times organizations are compared by their number of employees, particularly small businesses. However, if you have a small group of highly efficient, highly engaged and satisfied employees working together towards the common goal of the organization, you will find that a very small number of employees can accomplish great things – – sometimes even more than organizations with dozens, even hundreds, of employees!
One of the best ways that you can improve employee engagement is through regular staff meetings. These staff meetings don’t have to be lengthy, but should be regular and they should be mandatory for all appropriate personnel. While some people may dread the weekly, daily or even morning and afternoon staff meetings, staff meetings are a great way to have a specified time for team members to get together, collaborate on projects, avoid disruptive and distracting interruptions throughout the day. Holding regular staff meetings improves productivity amongst employees and it’s a great way to create a “team” environment, getting everyone’s participation, bringing everyone back onto the same page and even holding one another accountable to their job duties.
Some managers frown upon staff meetings, but when held regularly (at the same time, day and location) and with purpose (and perhaps even an agenda), staff meetings can be extremely valuable to all employees. This is a great way to get feedback and creative ideas flowing from members of the organization that might otherwise be overlooked. Try to implement a regularly scheduled staff meeting and see how much more engaged, involved and productive your employees are.
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