Companies that don’t require a stadium to bring together all the employees should do so. Why? Because it’s an ideal way for leadership to communicate with employees and employees with their peers. Unfortunately, “all-hands” meetings, as their known in some circles, have become something to dread.
The reason is because leaders so often fail to do them right, and the dread is the feedback telling them so.
When team gatherings are done right, they’re employee focused. Leaders communicate with the team, not at them. Topics are relevant to all, not just leaders. Ideas are shared amongst divisions. Great speakers are brought in to inspire, provoke thought or just make people laugh, which should never be undervalued.
The bottom line is an all-hands session is a communication tactic. If you’re a leader, it’s not about you. Focus on your team. Find out what moves them and do it. If you’re an employee, it’s all about you. If you don’t like what you’re hearing or experiencing, say so. If you do, say so. Great leaders will then keep it coming.