5 tips for keeping employees engaged in meetings
A good meeting will enable a productive work day and have everyone feeling inspired. A bad one will leave employees unengaged and disinterested. Here’s how to keep your employees engaged.
Feed your employees
This doesn’t just have to be bringing them some energy-boosting fruit or some much-appreciated doughnuts, you could take them out for lunch, or better yet, feed their creativity. Giving your employees creative problems to start meetings and the opportunity to become more active will help them to be more engaged.
Find a new meeting venue
Changing it up a bit will make the experience more memorable for the employees and they will be more likely to engage with the meeting, as it won’t be in the same setting with the same feeling as usual. You could sit outside if the weather is nice, book a private dining room or visit a local, dedicated meeting space and take advantage of their expertise, comfortable seating arrangements and breakout stations with refreshments to keep you going through your meeting.
Get guest speakers
Organise external speakers who can provide expertise on any problems you are having. This will aid problem solving and provide another perspective that your employees may find interesting. If it’s not possible or appropriate to get external speakers, nominate another employee to run the meeting so that the change makes them and the other members of staff pay more attention. It may also give you a chance to see what (if anything) they do differently or what could be changed to make the meetings more productive and engaging.
Get their feedback
If there is something that is stopping your employees from getting the most out of meetings, whether that is uncomfortable chairs, a cold meeting room or they feel that the meetings are too long or frequent, make sure they tell you. This way, you can try to make changes that will make the meetings better for your attendees and everyone will begin to feel the benefits.
Have a time limit
You don’t want your employees to be wondering how long the meeting will last or panicking that they are going to miss their next meeting or lunch because the meeting has no end in sight. Setting a strict time limit and sticking to it will ensure that your employees are more engaged, because they know that they will be there for a certain amount of time and can plan their day accordingly, as well as making sure the meeting is as efficient as possible. They will also be able to make their brains stay engaged for that amount of time, as they will know that it won’t be too long. If your meeting will be a longer one, don’t forget to give them refreshment and comfort breaks or you risk a serious lapse of concentration.
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