Managers sometimes follow weird strategies to make employees attend business meeting. I have heard about some of these weird strategies and I was totally shocked. Business meetings will be effective, valuable and useful only if there is a common language between both manager and employees.
There are a lot of questions need to be answered by you as a manager
Why do employees hate business meeting?
What can be done to make them attend business meetings not just because they have to but also because they love to?
How can I as a manager benefit from Business meeting?
Should employees also benefit from Business meeting?
According to my point of view employees hate business meeting because it is boring, the feeling that they are there just to listen .no argues, no contributions also make them hate to attend. If you let employees feel that there is only one decision maker in the organization this may lead to more dangerous things than just hate to attend Business meetings.
In Business meetings everyone is there to benefit from others, Managers are there to benefit from employees and employees are there to benefit from each other and from Managers.
Listen to your employee’s point of views about your decisions and ask for suggestions.
Here are small tips that can be done:
1- Make a title for each meeting, this title should be a challenging one, and ask your employees to help you choosing the title of the next meeting.
2- There should be an Agenda highlighting the main issues you are going to discuss, this Agenda should be with employees at least a day before the meeting.
3- Reserve the first 15 minutes of each meeting , asking if the last meeting was effective, if the things that you all agreed to be done are already handled or what?.
4- Make a monthly award for the best contributors in meetings.
5- Choose one of the most effective employees and let his/her name be the title of one of the meetings.
6- Never feel shame to ask your employees if you have met their expectations.
7- Try to introduce the problems (if any) to your employees not to introduce your employees to problems.
8- Get your employees involved in the meeting, talk, argue and finally come to a conclusion.
9- Let your employees feel that they are decision makers.
10- Employees are not there just to listen to you; you should listen to them more.
11- Ask employees how they see the Organization after 5 years and from their answers you can see how good and bad is the organization.
12- Forget about this sulky manager; try to impress your employees with your smile.
13- Let your employees see that you are seeking solutions rather than seeking punishment as a solution , punishment is not a modern solution and it affect employees badly.
and finally act as if the organization is there not to take from employees but to give them and they will give the organization more that what you expect.