It’s Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and your loyal staff members are headed toward the conference room, preparing for another yawn-inducing staff meeting. It might as well be called the “bored” room rather than the board room. “Oh, but my meetings are exciting and well-received by my workers,” you say to yourself. Before you let your confidence consume you, it would be wise to check for bruises on employees’ shins, resulting from kicks under the table in an effort to prevent nodding-off during your weekly financial report.
“What is the solution?” you may ask. Answer: Extreme Staff Meetings. An extreme staff meeting is one “far beyond the norm,” Here are some suggestions to help you get your juices flowing:
Talent Show- Have staff members report on their department by utilizing a talent. They can sing their sales pitch, or put their budget goals into a poetic haiku. This activity is entertaining and it engages everyone involved.
Repeat It- After someone presents an oral report, call on a volunteer to paraphrase what was just reported. If for no other reason your staff will remember what was said in case they are called upon for a recap.
Brain Power- Stimulate the matter with food! Some brainy foods include almonds, fruit and carrots. Try to stay away from pure sugar, such as donuts and pastries. You’ll have their attention during the meeting, but after the sugar is metabolized, you might have a sluggish staff on your hands for the rest of the day.
Boss for a Day- This is not an impersonation contest, rather a temporary shift in responsibility. By allowing each employee to be in charge they will be able to implement ideas (that perhaps you might want to use as well in future meetings), plus gain more appreciation for you.
Quiz Show- Each person who will be presenting material will do so in a quiz fashion. This will keep the attention of employees and help them retain valuable information regarding what’s being reported on, while providing a fun environment.
Freaky Meeting Day- Remember the classic movie, Freaky Friday, when the mother and daughter magically changed roles? In the end they learned to appreciate each other after living a day in each other’s shoes. Have your employees switch roles with one another, even if for a couple of hours, and report in the staff meeting their perspective of their coworkers’ duties. This idea works great with employees who don’t get along well, plus it has a bonus benefit of providing cross-training.Keeping things varied and lively will not only help your staff learn, it will also create an atmosphere that they no longer dread, thus making them more productive. It’s a great way to preserve your company’s valued assets-its employees. The possibilities are endless and, if you run out of ideas, hold a contest for your employees to submit their suggestions for an extreme staff meeting. So, which route do you choose to help your employees? Extreme staff meetings or shin guards? It’s your call.