Lack of employee engagement is a problem that is plaguing businesses and education leaders alike—and it’s not just during meetings. Fewer than a third of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs, leaving leaders struggling to figure out how to turn the tide. Many simply give up, allowing their organizations to stagnate.
“People rush from meeting to meeting,” said Kathy Ohm, director for ACSA’s Meetings Master program, a workshop that teaches education leaders how to run powerful, and effective meetings. “I would run into educators who would say, ‘I can’t talk now. I have to go to a meeting.’ There was no excitement about it; they didn’t see any opportunity in the meeting.”
Here’s how the typical staff meeting goes: Members trickle into the conference room, unsure what their role in the meeting is. With no advance written agenda, they’re all just winging it. As a result, they spend as much as 25 percent of the time discussing irrelevant issues.