Small Business Hybrid Team Meeting Tips

Make your job purposeful within the context of the small business organization.

More than ever, meaning is crucial. How do we learn this at work? People who don’t believe their work adds to their company’s goal are much more likely to leave their positions than their colleagues who do, according to studies conducted over the past ten years.

Every project and endeavor should have a clear purpose

Employees will be better able to recall their motivation for working. For instance, CommonSpirit, the biggest nonprofit health system in the U.S., begins crucial meetings with “reflections.” That is to say, tales or videos highlight the challenges of working in the healthcare industry during a pandemic while highlighting the good they do for their patients and communities. Managers may achieve the same result by illustrating how each team member’s work fits into the overall scheme of why what they do matters to the world.

Managers should always explain why the project is crucial when assigning hybrid meeting assignments. What role does it play in the company’s larger mission? How will other individuals fare? Even if it’s only two or three others? 

Trust your employees beyond your comfort level

Encourage managers to provide advice as opposed to directives. For hybrid teams, managers should establish the milestones they want their subordinates to achieve and then let them figure out how to get there. 

Prior to retaining authority and delegating it to product managers and people scientists, some leadership teams created a specific timeline and success criteria. This may sound too complicated for a small business. Still, when it’s done right, with everyone on board, it is so logical that everyone from the sales manager to the janitor understands the key objectives and works towards the same goals.

They developed a superior end product and were impressed by the inventive ideas that surfaced after granting their teams control over their remote work technique and ultimate result.

In fact, according to anecdotal evidence, teams with the highest levels of trust and psychological safety are forty percent more productive than those with the lowest indices.

Learn from the little things.

Send others nudges, even yourself. It is easy to overlook the tiny moments that make cooperation wonderful and stimulate creativity while doing hybrid work.

For instance, Google News was the outcome of a casual chat between two workers waiting in line for lunch. In an office, these contacts occur naturally; in a remote environment, however, they go by the wayside, damaging over time. 

In a hybrid setting, nudges may be a way to spark these kinds of moments. At Humu, we customize nudges based on a number of signals, like team focus areas, job level, and learning goals for each person.

For example, before a manager’s next one-on-one meeting, we might send them a push message with tips on how to have a growth-focused conversation with a report using tools like Klaxoon. This might happen if team members seek ways to learn and their boss wants to get better at mentoring.