8 ways daily morning meetings build better teams

A daily morning circle can help frame the day for success. (Rawpixel pic)

A morning meeting, or a daily check-in or morning circle, is a time to gather everyone together and help frame the day for success.

The team leaders sit with their co-workers, they greet each other, talk about the work that matters and provide everyone with a chance to share. For those working from home, morning meetings can be done virtually online as well.

1. Establish strong relationships

Meeting and discussing work-related topics helps everyone to establish a strong relationship and a climate of trust.

Team leaders get to know their coworkers on a deeper level and the entire team gets to know each other better and learn from each other. Everyone gets to share their thoughts, problems and needs about the job in hand.

2. A good opportunity to share social-emotional learning skills

Time can be spent discussing the skills that matter, such as a growth mindset, developing goals, responsible decisions, time management, self-control, self-confidence and work ethic.

Directly sharing about these skills can make a difference for everyone in the meeting.

3. An outlet to discuss stress

With time and consistency, morning meetings can be an opportunity for everyone to feel comfortable about expressing their concerns, thoughts and needs.

Most importantly, morning meetings can provide the best setting to discuss how to manage stress, such as coping skills and healthy habits.

4. Help everyone with problem solving

Everyone has to deal with challenging situations on a daily or weekly basis. Morning meetings can be the open space where co-workers can ask for feedback or ideas about how to solve a particular problem in their work.

5. Build positive work relationships

Establishing positive work relationships means caring about each other, working together and providing support when needed. Kick-starting the day with the group and talking about issues that matter with co-workers helps create a foundation for everyone in the office.

Not only does this benefit the team by displaying their skills in working together, it also projects a feeling that everyone is in this together.

6. Colleagues can discuss and can teach each other work-related skills

Morning meetings can be a platform for everyone to learn skills such as time management, getting organised and specific skills relevant to everyone.

With a busy work schedule, there is not always an opportunity for everyone to pick up new skills, which is why morning meetings can be the perfect time to do so.

7. Shows that all voices are equally important

One of the most important aspects of having a morning meeting is that everyone has a chance to share. Once it becomes a daily activity, it teaches people to respect and listen to one another.

Not only is this an important value in the workplace, but an important life skill too. Giving everyone an opportunity to speak shows that every voice matters, by starting with a daily meeting.

8. Increase work engagement

A daily check-in and discussion time can be the best way to help energise and engage everyone’s mind at the start of the day.

Morning meetings focused on social-emotional learning can help everyone become more focused, alert and ready to go for the rest of the working day.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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