Company culture… that’s just all that fluffy feel-good stuff that people like to talk about at conferences, right?
Actually, not so much. Often it ends of being the little things that make or break the productivity and efficiency in an office. In fact, even the way you end meetings in your company says more about your company culture than you think.
Here are 4 tips for improving your company culture by having better meetings:
- You can’t imprint yourself on every meeting, every time, but your signature habits can.
Inspiration happens on different levels and so does deflation. In the world of clinical psychoanalysis, it is called “transference,” meaning that the tone set by a leader is picked up on by their team. As quoted in the article, “At its best, transference is the emotional glue that binds people to a leader.”Lab Tactical’s consultants often engage new clients on the tone set by the company’s management because of the strong influence it has on productivity.
- Healthy organizations are inspired by their own work.
Undoubtedly, a meeting is bound to contain details of challenge, failure, and areas where your team fell short. Finishing a meeting with a ‘Go Team!’ or a ‘word-of-the-day’ may seem small compared to shrinking revenue numbers… but research shows we tend to let the feeling at the opening or ending an interaction shape our opinion, often focusing even more on that feeling than conversational details. Keep your team focused on the work and goals ahead, not the just the negatives.
- Confirm that you’re being heard.
There isn’t a flat surface in your building that hasn’t held a smartphone. Take the final moments of a meeting to leave phones on the table and look into the faces of your team. Ignore the inbox crises and take a moment to connect on a personal level. A simple “What are your move-ahead notes from this today?” can be a sound way to ensure that the contents of the meeting were digested appropriately.Didn’t like the results you got the first time you tried? Try it again… and again… Your attendees will pay attention. Just like that social network they were checking, nobody likes to look awkward in front of their peers. If they expect you’re going to ask, they’ll be prepared (even if you don’t end up asking).
- Bring new (and shy) team members to the table.
Coaches often do this with athletes; Lab Tactical consultants sometimes do it with our first trip onsite to your business. Giving the stage to a new team member can teach you a bit about what they’re taking away from the table. You can also amplify their voice in a way that their peers may not have done yet.
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