Tip: Keep your work force moving in the same direction: A morning huddle can keep your staff accountable during this unprecedented time
You’ve taken the steps to get your workforce set up and working from home, but how do you know if they are being accountable to their daily tasks? How do you keep organization cohesion while your employees are scattered all over the place? Using a morning huddle is the best way to be sure that everyone remains on the same page. What is a morning huddle? It’s a quick daily check in, where everyone in a company or department verbalizes what their upcoming daily tasks/projects are.
How it’s done:
- All members of the company are logged into a video conference (Zoom, Teams, Go To Meeting, etc.) in the morning before the day gets away from you. We recommend anywhere between 8:15am to 8:45am.
- Huddles should not last more than 15-20 minutes.
- The best way to make this work is to have it be mandatory for everyone, and we mean everyone, in the company.
- Depending on company size, you may have departmental huddles. For example, a tech huddle and a sales and operations huddle that occur at the same time within the company. This usually happens in companies of 20 people or more.
- · Every employee has a huddle sheet in which they write down their daily activities. They verbalize out loud to the company what they have on their schedule for today, then they discuss what they accomplished the previous day. When they verbalize their list from the previous day, they also say whether that activity was “done” or “not done”.
- If there are activities that are “not done”, that’s your opportunity to ask why it’s not done and what you can do to help.
- Remember, this is a check in huddle and meant to be quick so you can get a pulse of what everyone is doing. Any deeper conversations come after the huddle is over, as needed.
Why it works:
It helps owners and managers keep their team accountable, focused and on track and during a time where working from home is the norm, not the exception. Implementing a daily huddle is one step in helping ease the transition, both from a company and overall service standpoint. Now that you’ve implemented a daily huddle while your workers are remote, it’s something that should be continued when everyone is back in the office full time. Life and work will return to normal again, we promise. Whether that happens in 2 weeks or 2 months from now, C&W will be there to keep your business moving forward and growing.