Six ways to change the way we think about meetings in a remote era

Four icons we’ve come to know so well this year…

Last week I attended an event with speaker Kevin Kruse, CEO of LEADx and author of Employee Engagement 2.0, who offered advice about employee engagement and motivation. Through his work in the organization and his research, he shared 12 drivers that have been psychometrically proven to increase employee motivation at work. These drivers are tied to behaviors that managers take on as part of their leadership — so, things like being able to set a future vision and holding people accountable.

He then shared a snapshot of these employee engagement drivers from a recent study in the COVID era. Interestingly, for the first time since running this research, one new driver broke into the top five: Meeting Efficiency. In other words, in a work-from-anywhere era, meetings matter more than ever.

12 drivers of employee engagement, re-assessed in a COVID era, where meetings matter more than ever (Source: Kevin Kruse, LEADx)

In a way, this makes a lot of sense. In the absence of most tangible benefits of company culture, our days are largely reduced to a series of back-to-back Zoom meetings. It’s little wonder that the perceived productivity of these meetings matters more than ever.

While we didn’t get into details about what makes or breaks a virtual meeting, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s different now from before, and how we might set out to change this perception.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year wishing for our remote work culture to somehow more closely resemble the IRL office culture I’ve always known. But if things are going to look like this for the long run, I think we need to think outside the box about how to use parts of the virtual culture to our advantage. And that might mean simply changing things up to avoid tedium, or experimenting with new ways to foster a deeper sense of inclusion or connection at work.

Originally published at Dry Erase.

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