(Post by Jessica Killenberg Muzik, APR, Vice President – Account Services)
Meetings … love them or hate them, they are an essential part of doing business.
But what if meetings were something your team actually looked forward to or, at the very least, didn’t mind attending?
Yes, it can happen.
At Bianchi PR we have a standing (albeit flexible) Thursday morning staff meeting and toward the bottom of the agenda is always a bullet point titled “kudos.”
During the kudos portion of the meeting, our leader acknowledges each team member’s achievements for the past week. Sometimes the achievement is a major media hit for a client in a key publication, sometimes it’s scoring a big media interview, and sometimes it’s just stepping up on those everyday tasks that keep things humming along for the firm and our clients.
The key point: giving positive recognition to each team member for “things gone right.” It encourages and reinforces positive behavior. And beyond that, it helps close the meeting on an upbeat, sometimes inspirational, note.
Now, above and beyond the kudos, we also celebrate “WOWs.” A WOW is an acknowledgement for those times when a staff member has figuratively “Walked On Water” for a client.
Although our clients are unaware of it (until perhaps they read this blog), WOWs actually come directly from them.
Any time a client takes the time to write an unsolicited email or note of thanks to the agency for a job well done, our agency CEO generates a WOW certificate for that staffer.
The certificate itself isn’t anything fancy.
It’s simply a piece of paper prominently featuring the acronym WOW along with a brief description how the staffer wow’ed the client.
It’s presented at the next weekly staff meeting, and the recipient posts it near their workspace, as a pleasant reminder of an appreciative client and a grateful employer.
Now, who wouldn’t want to attend a meeting that promises kudos, WOWs and all that good stuff?
When you end a staff meeting on a high note, it encourages your team to continue to do great work. And isn’t that what best business practices are really all about?
What have you done to make your meetings more enjoyable or to encourage great work among your staffers?