Meetings don’t need to be boring. Here are three ways to keep your staff happy and engaged at your next team meeting. They will be more productive in the long run too...
When you run a small business with a close team, you’re always looking for ways to ensure their time at work is enjoyable. Let’s face it; your business wouldn’t run smoothly without your staff, if at all! However, you know some aspects of spa and clinic life aren’t as exciting as others. Read; meetings. Even the most diligent and focused workers can get lost in a daydream during a monthly meeting.
But it doesn’t need to be like this! There are plenty of ways you can make the more mundane tasks feel like a special treat. Take a look at what they do at BASE Aesthetic Clinic in Perth. Founder Bridget Savage often schedules her monthly team meetings before the clinic opens as it’s too busy to hold them during opening hours. In compensation for calling in her team early, she will always provide fresh coffee and a healthy breakfast. She says it’s a great way to start the day and perks up her team.
“We all love our food here at BASE, so I definitely think we are all the more engaged and enthusiastic to participate in team discussions when we have coffee and breakfast at our meetings,” she said.
Making monthly meetings a special treat not only keeps your staff engaged, but also demonstrates that you genuinely care. Bridget believes that, as a leader, it’s essential to undertake small activities like this to keep clinic life exciting.
“I want my team to feel supported and valued. And I also value the time they take to attend these meetings, so the least I can do is make sure their bellies are full before we start the day,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for my team, BASE would not exist, so I want them to enjoy coming to work. I find that staff excel in performance when they are in a supportive and exciting work environment. So it’s a no brainer for me to look after my team.”
There are plenty of ways to keep your staff engaged in your business. Here are three of our favourite ideas to spice up your monthly meeting.
1. Provide food
They say the way to your heart is through your stomach! Try providing some yummy snacks at your next team meeting. Bridget uses a local catering business, but you can always provide the food yourself. The perks of using a caterer are that the result is always yummy and very shareable (think of the Instagram content). You’re also supporting another small business.
2. Put on a treatment
Your monthly team meeting could double as a time to do the treatments you never get around to yourself. Put on a mask and start ticking off your agenda items. You stay productive and refreshed. It’s also a great way to keep to time as some treatments need to be washed off!
3. Get outside
You don’t need to be sitting down for it to be a meeting. Instead of providing breakfast, go for a morning walk with your team and round out the sweat-sesh with a coffee. You get your hit of happy endorphins and start the day on the right foot, literally!
Would you try some of these ideas at your next team meeting? Comment below.
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