Time well spent can im­prove staff morale

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - JOHN BROS­NAN

One of the most sim­ple and con­sis­tent means of im­prov­ing staff morale and work re­sults have been weekly team meet­ings.

If you are not al­ready do­ing th­ese then your first re­ac­tion might be – ‘I don’t have time.’

How­ever my­self and other ad­vis­ers are find­ing that good team meet­ings held ev­ery week of­ten turns out to be the best time in­vest­ment any em­ployer makes.

Many strug­gle at first in get­ting the meet­ings go­ing with an ex­ist­ing team for whom this is a change, but once it be­comes the habit, the whole team will value it and con­trib­ute well.

To make them valu­able hold them in a re­laxed set­ting – your home or one of the teams.

Move it around weekly if that helps, in­volve ev­ery­one.

Hold it with some morn­ing tea and keep the fo­cus on the farm and the team.

Have an agenda, keep the top­ics prac­ti­cal and in­volv­ing the team.

What hap­pened last week? What are we look­ing to achieve this week? What key things are com­ing up?

What has gone could we do bet­ter?

Are we on track with our health & safety? Who has leave well? What planned or wants to plan some?

Remember th­ese meet­ing can be as quick as 30 min­utes a week.

The feed­back I have had from ev­ery­one mak­ing them a pos­i­tive habit is al­ways that it is time well spent.

John Bros­nan, Hu­man ad­viser at Coop­erAitken Ac­coun­tants, Mor­rinsville, Mata­mata and Thames, DDI 07 889 8838 or email john@coop­eraitken.co.nz. www.coop­eraitken.co.nz

John Bros­nan.

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