Do Your Meetings Destroy Morale?

meetings destroy morale

Do your meetings destroy morale? Do your staff members suffer a slow “death by meeting?” Meetings, whether face-to-face or electronic, are entrenched in business culture. We feel we need to keep people informed, and solicit input, feedback and buy-in. We feel meetings build morale. But do they? Are your meetings building morale or tearing down your team?


Well-structured and well-run meetings can produce significant benefits.

  • Stakeholders are informed
  • Input and buy-in can be solicited
  • Activity can be coordinated
  • Communication can be efficient
  • Staff can be empowered and energized

On the other hand, poorly conceived meetings can be devastating.

  • Staff can be frustrated and see the meetings as a waste of time
  • Information shared can be seen as irrelevant
  • Team-building efforts can be resented
  • Leaders can be perceived as arrogant and/or clueless
  • Enthusiasm can be drained and morale suffer

Meet Smart.

So how do you create productive meetings that bolster morale?

  • Keep meetings short. There is a limit to the active attention span.
  • Start on time, end on time.
  • Invite only the individuals who need to be there. Don’t waste the time of others.
  • Distribute the agenda, backup documents and findings in advance.
  • Encourage review of items and preliminary responses before the meeting.
  • Have a timed agenda and stick to it. If an item legitimately runs over, omit another item.
  • Don’t ramble. Know the key points, and stick to them.
  • Keep discussions on topic.
  • Solicit input from all members, especially the quiet ones.
  • Don’t meet without a legitimate need.
  • Keep a record of discussions, assignments, deadlines and decisions.
  • Hold members accountable for assignments
  • Don’t expect team-building exercises to boost morale. If morale is low, forcing friendliness is not going to help.

Meetings can create buy-in, or indifference. They can be the highlight of the week, or a dreaded, resented drag on enthusiasm and morale. Keep meetings productive and relevant. Build efficiency and effectiveness. Don’t let your meetings destroy morale.

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  1. How Not to Improve Employee Morale | Online Sales Guide Tips - March 23, 2018

    […] Do not have an “all hands on deck” mandatory meeting. People are not going to be willing to tell you the truth, and risk repercussions. If they do tell the truth, it is probably not going to be what you want to hear, and you might not be able to respond appropriately in an open forum. In fact, don’t have any meeting without a clear purpose and direction. […]

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