There’s a problem with this trend, however. It’s likely your employees dread meetings and even believe they’re a big waste of time. This doesn’t mean they have to be. It’s on the small business leader conducting the meetings to make them productive.
As small business teams become more remote and work together virtually, there are going to be more meetings.
The best collaboration software can’t replace actually talking to your co-workers.
According to recent survey data released by wireless presentation specialists Barco, a person will spend more than 8 hours a week in meetings. That equals about 11 weeks a year.
Here are some highlights of the Barco survey of 500 senior business professionals in the U.S.:
59% of Employees Less Engaged Due to Number of Meetings
This is plain and simple. A whole day of a work week spent in meetings is taking its toll. The Barco survey found these over-caucused employees are less effective and engaged in those meetings, too.
41% Say Tech Problems Cause Engagement Problems
Bad connections, lag and faulty software can lead to meeting nightmares. A presentation that took one employee hours to prepare could lose its impact if half the team is having a hard time seeing it.
Further, 67% of those responding to Barco say tech problems in a meeting get them irritated and nearly as many (64%) expect things to go wrong technologically during a meeting.
69% Routinely Suffer Interruptions
When you have a meeting of your small business team and something goes haywire with the software or the meeting is interrupted in some other way, realize you’re not alone. Interruptions in meetings are par for this course, according to Barco. Nearly 7 in 10 responding to the company’s survey said they were impacted by interruptions during a meeting.
25% of your Employees Are Easily Distracted
Even being able to hear a meeting participant eating in the background is enough to distract some. If you have a work-from-home team getting together, you certainly know how many small distractions there are: pets, someone at the front door, a phone call, others in the house making noise … the list goes on.
These little things are big distractions for some. And if you’ve got a small team, losing 1 person’s interest could really put a damper on the effectiveness of the meeting.
5 Steps to Increase Your Business Growth in 90 Days
Increase your business growth in 90 days!
It sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? However, it really is not if you follow these five steps:
- Demand Change: Business leadership has to affirm that they want change, and will do what it takes to make it happen. Key people required to be on board are invested in the change. They must have the will to stop doing tasks that are not focused on the change process.
- Establish the Facts: Determine what your customers or potential customers want and will pay for. This assumes you have the potential to fulfill their needs and address their desired outcomes.
- Define the Objective: Clarify the future state you want to achieve and when you need that to happen. Capture the challenges that must be addressed to achieve the future state.
- FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS: Identify, prioritize, and commit resources to those few top initiatives that must be addressed. Be sure to specify when and by whom. Empower the organization to do the work.
- Invest in Growth: Resource to win. Eliminate those rate limiting activities. Look to the outside for help-as needed.
The Drivers of Change
There are four key principles that drive this change and lead to business growth:
- Commitment is required! All must agree to think and do their jobs differently while the business continues to run on autopilot. The paradox here is you can’t stop what you are doing simply because you fear that something bad will happen while you are making renewal happen.
- Think outside of the box! Here, you must go beyond your current customers. By knowing the outcomes desired by downstream, you can apply true intelligence about what your direct customers must deliver.
- Be prepared to invest in analytics! No matter how exciting some concepts may be, without an analytical assessment that clearly identifies the real drivers and economics associated with your concept for growth, buy-in will not happen and market success will suffer.
- Get the organization involved at the right time! Organizational mindset is critical. Without it, renewal is destined for failure. This has been the number one problem in many companies, and becomes an entrenched barrier over the years.