I recently attended a mandatory meeting with my work group.
I have been with the company for 4 months, and was surprised there were no monthly meetings, so when this was announced I was pleasantly surprised. There were no notes going into the meeting, for example no idea what would be discussed, when we arrived there was pizza delivered, and soon after with a staff of around 20 we got down to the business. The owners of the company spoke about the difficulties of operating during the pandemic, and the long time staff were hoping mostly for that acknowledgment, but also in the form of increased wages, “saving comments until the end” went out the window and very soon the group was having their own discussions in the rows of seats, it became ungovernable. Then the conversation turned to what could be done to improve efficiency and to boost revenue. This was more relaxed, ideas were heard out. Overall the leadership of the meeting was very lax, I think this is because the meetings are so infrequent, also tensions were high.
I think leadership could have had organized the meeting a little better for example prompting staff to bring ideas on specific topics leading up to the meeting. It’s upsetting when staff feel under appreciated, it would have been beneficial if management regularly thanked the staff, there would be less workplace hostility if the staff knows that management is advocating for them.
These types of meeting can sometime veer into faults and accusations, and I don’t think such a public forum is the best place for this type of discussion.
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