Management Tip of the Day: Make over your all-staff meeting

Wed May 18, 2011 1:08pm EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The all-hands meeting doesn't have to be a necessary evil, says Harvard Business Review, which suggests ways to enhance corporate communications to better engage employees.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"When executives want to communicate important messages or engage employees, they hold town hall or all-hands meetings.

Gathering everyone together is meant to convey the importance of the topic and get the biggest bang for your communication buck. Yet, employees often rank these meetings as some of the least effective.

Don't give up on bringing everyone together. Instead, give your all-staff meeting a makeover. Make your message resonate by explaining what's in it for everyone.

Forego the PowerPoint presentation in lieu of a more personal communication. Make the conversation two-way and engage your people in a discussion. Lastly, don't hog the stage. Even charismatic leaders can sound like broken records.

Staff often want to hear from others in leadership for a fresh perspective."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "The Perils of the All-Employee Meeting" by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins.

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