Ten minutes. Six hundred seconds. The time it takes to unload the dishwasher or make your bed. It might not sound like long, but setting 10 minutes aside every morning to talk to your team can make a huge difference in your positive employee relations and seriously boost productivity. Research suggests that most people have an attention span of about 10 minutes, making 10 the magic number for a morning meeting. Anything longer and their minds will start to wander, so here’s how to create your 10-minute morning routine – one that instantly improves your employee relations.
Keep it Casual
When it comes to your morning meeting, keep things casual. Encourage your staff to bring their own coffee and snacks, don’t bombard your team with complicated phrases or figures, and urge employees to get involved. Informal meetings have a flexible agenda and allow for insights and discussion from everyone.
Studies suggest that regular feedback spurs good employee relations. Heap praise on staff who excelled the previous day and encourage the rest of your team to follow in the footsteps of your top performers. Feedback gives staff an understanding of what’s expected from them, something that drives better performance in the workplace. Research shows that 43 percent of highly engaged employees receive feedback at least once a week, compared to only 18 percent of non-engaged employees.
Some employers focus on the negatives — staff who failed to meet sales targets, a decline in customers, falling profits — but concentrating on the positives in your morning meeting can foster positive employee relationships. Recognition is crucial regardless of your niche: celebrate when staff members meet goals, acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond, and thank your team for their support. The top reason why most people quit their jobs is because they feel underappreciated, and a huge 65 percent of the American workforce receive no recognition at work at all.
Recognize Personal Milestones
While some suggest that celebrating personal milestones — like birthdays, work anniversaries and engagements — at work impacts productivity, recognizing personal milestones shows how much you value your team. You might want to announce special events at the end of your meeting and hand out a note of gratitude. Don’t forget to honor individual achievements, too. Appreciating staff who have raised money for charity or passed their driving test, for example, proves you care.
Involve Your Team
Delegating duties for the day ahead is useful if a task requires a specialist skill or provides value to an employee. However, enabling staff to volunteer for new challenges can improve their self-esteem and motivate them to accomplish a new goal. Persuading team members to use their initiative boosts employee engagement, too.
Open the Floor
Every morning, ask your team to share any struggles or obstacles they faced the previous day. Then, invite your team to share their concerns with one another to solve problems. Any hurdles that your employees had to deal with can easily be transformed into powerful learning experiences that accelerate business growth.
At your next 10-minute meeting, suggest employees share their breaks and lunch with each other to promote better interaction. Twenty-two percent of employees are less engaged because of conflicts in the workplace; encouraging staff to spend more time together can prevent any internal struggles within the office.
You’ll only have time to cover the basics in your 10-minute meeting, but keeping things simple leads to a positive employee relations strategy. Instead of long, boring meetings, open the floor, involve your team, celebrate success, provide feedback and recognize important milestones.