Why Internal Meetings Matter
By Miller Tanner Associates Team | April 02, 2019
Why Internal Meetings Matter
We asked our team of event pros why internal meetings matter. Our team members share their perspectives on how internal meetings can be beneficial to the overall health of an organization.
Builds Team Morale
I believe there is no better money spent than meeting face-to-face when it comes to being part of a team, whether leading or supporting a company, department or team.
In most companies, the cost is an issue when bringing people together so you have to make the most of the limited time. However, I have seen first hand that it pays dividends for building team morale, allowing everyone to enjoy celebrating successes together, nurturing a virtual work environment, and driving comradery. The team walks away feeling appreciated, heard, valued and supported to name a few positive outcomes. – Dawn Barnes, Director, Key Accounts
Creates a Sense of Purpose
Face-to-face meetings provide a perspective for the team at large as to what the company’s mission and goals are and it serves as an opportunity to share new company information and allow interaction. It’s a great time for employees to have facetime with the executives and to feel valued and celebrated. These type of meetings also provide opportunities for employees to intermingle among departments or regions and it can help the morale and culture when a company puts their money back into their employees. It creates a great sense of purpose. – Molly Suggs, Global Event Executive
Nurtures a Strong Company Culture
It might be out of style to invest in a company culture or its team, outside of salaries and benefits, but at Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) I believe that creating a strong company culture yields a strong, successful company. Company cultures are built on creating positive, memorable company experiences. After creating 20 annual events for the MTA team, I’ve seen the investment in the MTA team really pay off. – Marnie Miller Battistini, CEO
Offers Tangible and Intangible Experiences
The face-to-face experience offers tangible and intangible experiences. Tangibles are generally captured by industry standards such as training ROI metrics, attendance ratios or other measurements. Intangibles are captured by client cultures or the audience value system. Values are subjective and harder to measure but are just as valid an outcome as it goes toward addressing the human quotient of any business. – Marnie Miller Battistini, CEO
Fosters Shared Commonality and Communication
First, the more you know about someone the better you can react to their thoughts, ideas, and moods. It is easy to interact with someone when you have familiarity. Internal meetings help provide that bridge.
Additionally, sage advice says, the more you have in common with someone the easier it is to interact based on that common ground. Shared experiences provide that opportunity to transcend the present moment and bond for the future or laugh over the past. – Laura Noel, Director, Strategic Development
Determines Goals and Strategy for Success
Internal meetings are critical to establish roles and responsibilities, outline company goals and objectives, identify and build a strategy for a path forward to success, streamline processes, and ensure right stakeholders are involved in decision-making. Senior leaders and department heads should value input from their stakeholders and trusted employees, and want to learn from the team too – this, to me, is a step in the right direction. – Dawn Barnes, Director, Key Accounts
Provides Face-to-Face Time with Leadership
I view it as an investment in a company and also a reboot to get everyone back on the same page and same goal. Time with executives is important for employees to feel seen and understand their value to the company.
If there are big changes, restructures, new missions, new goals – it is a great time to roll that out, in person, to allow questions and interaction. – Molly Suggs, Global Event Executive
Actualizes the Company’s Message
Internal meetings are an opportunity to actualize the messaging and value system of a company. For example, at the annual MTA Workshop, one of my agenda items is to show the team my thanks for their hard work and commitment to the MTA brand. It’s where I try to energize everyone for the year to come while recognizing past achievements. Face-to-face meetings address the “humanity” of our workforce and move toward maintaining a strong team. – Marnie Miller Battistini, CEO
Do you need assistance with planning your next internal meeting? The Miller Tanner Team can help you create a more engaging, productive meeting for your internal teams.